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Bonaire Marriage License Laws

Planning is essential for a wedding in Bonaire. You need to allow four to six weeks for all the paper work. One of the couple needs to procure a temporary residency permit from immigration.

Documents Required

To apply for a temporary residency permit the following are required:

  • 2 Passport photos of the Bride & Groom (and any witnesses being brought to the island, if applicable)
  • Photo copy of first page of passport (Signature & Photo page)
  • Date of arrival on Bonaire
  • Intended length of stay on Bonaire

For the official marriage petition the following documents are required for both the bride and groom:

  • Photo copy of first page of passport (Signature & Photo page)
  • Original Birth Certificate. Birth Certificates must be issued by the state or province of birth, feature a raised seal, have the names of both the mother and the father on them, and for citizens of the U.S., Canada, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, or the United Kingdom, they must have an Apostille affixed to them (an Apostille is an internationally recognized validation of a certificate or document, and is only issued by the office of vital statistics located within the state or province capital office; in the U.S. this would be your state's Secretary of State).
  • Declaration of Marital Status by the Civil Registry
  • If divorced or widowed, divorce decree or document of proof is required affixed with an Apostille.

All certificates must be originals and have been issued no more than six months prior. The passports used must be valid for at least six months beyond the intended departure date from Bonaire.

If you choose to bring witnesses from home, they should also apply for temporary residency.

After arrival on Bonaire, it takes four working days to arrange for all the forms to be processed.

Registrars Offices

The registrar's office should be contacted for specific rules regarding planning your destination or beach wedding in Bonaire. They will also provide information regarding marriage licenses and marriage certificates



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