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Spain Marriage License Laws

ID Requirement:

You will need to show your original birth certificate and passport. You will also need to show a Consular Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage. This can be a sworn statement to the effect that you are both are single and free to marry. It will need to be signed before an American Consul.

Other documents required are an application to marry, a Consular Registration Certificate, a Certificate of Residence, a Certificate of Consular Inscription, and, possibly, the posting of banns. The Consul rules on the documents may have changed. Please call them to verify their rules on documentation.

Residency Requirement:

None. But this could be different in various locales in Spain.

Previous Marriages:

If you are divorced or widowed, you need to show evidence such as an original death certificate, annulment certificate, or divorce decree. These documents must bear the Apostille (official seal) of the Hague and be translated into Spanish.

Waiting Period in Spain:

Spain has a waiting period of twenty-one (21) days.


The cost of getting married in Spain varies from locale to locale.

Other Tests:

If your state/country of residence requires a health certificate, you may need to provide one.

Proxy Marriage:


Under 18:

If you are under 18, you cannot get married in Spain.

Same Sex Marriage:

Yes. The law also allows gay couples to adopt children and inherit property.

Catholic Ceremony:

You will need to have a sworn statement by your parents that neither one of you has ever been married before, and it must be witnessed by your parish priest.


All documents must be in Spanish or translated into Spanish. Any translated documents must be authenticated by a Spanish consulate in the U.S. It may take Spanish authorities 8 weeks to approve your marriage application. 

Additionally, some marriage policies and procedures will vary in different regions of Spain.



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