If you decide to take the plunge take it
in the Caribbean island of St. Martin.
SE MARIER A SINT-MAARTEN!
GETTING MARRIED IN SINT-MAARTEN!
A little European. A Lot Of Caribbean.
ST. MAARTEN MARRIAGE POLICY
For the contracting of marriages on the Island Territory of
Sint-Maarten, the following procedures are applicable and required
(in accordance with the Civil Code at the Netherlands Antilles
1869 and as amended).
1. Birth Certificates of both parties are required (article
120). Persons of foreign nationalities should be 21 years and
over in order to contract a marriage without consent of their
parents, Guardians (such also in accordance to the laws of
their respective countries of origin). Persons of the Netherlands
nationality should be 23 years and over (article 91).
2. Divorced persons may remarry in Sint-Maarten, but should
provide a recent extract of divorce of this current year. Divorced
women, can only remarry after 306 days upon inscription into
the registry of divorce at the office of Civil State (article
3. A period of 10 (ten) days is required by law in accordance
to article 124 of the Civil Code of the Netherlands Antilles
to register at the Office of Civil Registry. Persons dearing
to get married must first declare before the office of Civil
State of their intentions of contracting a marriage. Office
hours are Mondays through Fridays from 8.30 am to12.00 noon
and from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm (article 99, 100 101) Publication
of marriage banns. Starts from the Saturday thereafter (article
4. On Tuesdays through Thursdays Marriages
can be contracted for the price of Nafls. 90(approx, $51);
on Fridays for Nafls.
120 (approx. $67); and on Saturdays for the price of Nafls
270 (approx. $152). Price includes the marriage book. (These
prices are in effect as of October 1, 1994, in accordance with ‘AB
1194 No. 11 Stamps ordinance 1994)
5. To contract a marriage on the Island, one of the parties
concerned must be an inscribed Residence at the Census Office.
Two witnesses are also required to be present at the marriage
ceremony and must also be inscribed residents at one of the
Census Office of the Netherlands Antilles (articles 125 and
126). To become a resident of the Netherlands Antilles one
must first have a valid residence permit and/or a permit granted
by the Government Authorities, of which must be handled by
the Immigration Department in question (P.B. 1986 No. 96).
6. Foreign persons wishing to get married in St. Maarten and
who are not inscribed as a resident can request permission
from the Lt. Governor of the Island Territory of St. Maarten.
If permission is granted a temporary tourist permit will be
issued in order to contract a marriage. A written request must
be submitted to the attention of the Lt. Governor; this can
be send to:
Lt. Governor Franklyn RICHARDS
Government Administration Building Clem Labega’s Square
P.O. Box 943Philipsbourg, St.Maarten.
You may also fax the Lt. Governor at 011-59954-24884. Please
allow at least 2 months for a Reply, please note that you need
to be on the Island at least two days before the wedding date.
7. Registration at the office of Civil Registry needs to take
place at least ten days before the marriage. This can be done
by faxing their office at 011-59954- 21267. Please send the
Fax to the attention of Mr. Alberto Mathew, Chief Registrar.
The following documents are needed in order to register: -
Copy of approval letter from Lt. Governor (temporary tourist
permit) - Birth certificates of both parties - Copy of Civil
Status (In case of Divorce Certificates is needed).
The office of Civil Registry is located at:
Sualiouga Rd. #6Philipsbourg,
St. Maarten Phone: 011-59954-22457 Fax: 011-59954-24567
Please note that all documents must be translated into the
Dutch language by an official sworn translator and/ or by a
Notary Public with their signature, stamps and seal.
The following person can do translation on Island:
Ms. Cheryl LaBega- Language translator -
Government Administration Building
Clern LaBega’s Square
Philipsbourg, St. Maarten.
Please note that one to weeks is needed to translate the documents.
8. The Office of the Civil State performs
the marriages after all documents are found to be correct,
after which if requested
by parties, a clergyman can perform the wedding ceremony at
the “Wedding Hall” situated at Sualiouga Rd. #
4, Pondfill, Philipsbourg. 9. Other required documents are:-
A valid return ticket, or to travel elsewhere outside the Netherlands
Antilles- Required documents for returning to the country of
origin, or for further travel elsewhere- Sufficient means to
be able to support your stay in St.Maarten.
Wedding Coordinator: Tropical weddings & Honeymoons
Lucie Davis, Plaza del lago #20, Simpson Bay Yatch ClubWelfare
road #68, Sint-Maarten
Tél/Fax: (599)54 44 143
Cel: (599)55 76 968
Website : www.sintmaarten-wedding.com