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None formally but there is a 10 day waiting period after your application has been approved.

Required Documents

Non-residents must request a special temporary tourist permit from the Lt. Governor. In addition, all forms must be submitted to that office at least 14 days before the scheduled ceremony:
The Lieutenant Governor
Government Administration Building
Clem Labega Square
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Netherlands Antilles
Fax 011-5995-24884


a) Applicants must be 21 years old.

b) Birth certificates carrying the Apostille Stamp, obtained from the state office of one's birthplace. .

c) Declaration of marital status less than 3 months old.

d) Non-nationals must have certified copies of valid passports.

e) Addresses of both parties and professions.

f) Names of parents, including maiden names of mothers. Dates and places of birth for both parents as well as their professions.

g) Parental permission required of anyone younger than 18 years.

h) Death certificate with Apostille stamp if a previous spouse has died.

i)) Final divorce decree with Apostille stamp if either party has been divorced. Divorced women may remarry after 306 days have passed from their final decree.

j) Statement outlining length of stay in St. Maarten.

k) All documents must be translated into Dutch by an official translator or a notary public with the notary's official stamp.

l) 2 witnesses if marriage is to be performed inside the Marriage Hall; 6 witnesses if the marriage is performed elsewhere.

m) Marriages can be contracted on Tuesdays through Thursdays for about US$102; on Fridays for US$113; on Saturdays for US$204. Local clergy can perform the ceremony at Philipsburg's Wedding Hall.


No documents will be returned. They are kept in archives on the island.

( is not responsible or liable for any changes in requirements or errors or omissions. It is your responsibility to take charge of your own wedding.)

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