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Marriage requirements for non-residents differ between French St. Martin and Dutch St. Maarten.
French St. Martin:
According to the Law of May 27, 2009 - Non-residents who want to be married in French St. Martin no longer have an obligation to live in the island at least one month prior to marriage. Couples wishing to be married must send an application addressed to the maire (mayor) of their chosen community. This application must arrive at least one month prior to the desired wedding date. The application must include the following documents:
1. A letter signed and dated by the engaged couple, making application to be married within the provisions of article 58 of the Law No. 2009-594 of May, 27, 2009 with the specific date of the proposed marriage included.
2. Legal copies of birth certificates of both applicants.
3. Proof of identity of both applicants via copy of valid passports.
4. Full names, birthdates, birthplaces, addresses and professions of the parents of both applicants.
5. Full names, birthdates, birthplaces, addresses and professions of the witnesses to the proposed marriage.
For more details and specifics, please download Se Marier Dans les Collectivités and/or contact the island's tourist office.
Often, couples choose to be legally married elsewhere (including Dutch St. Maarten) and then follow up with an unofficial wedding ceremony, reception and/or celebration in French St. Martin.
Original documents other than Dutch or English need to be translated into the Dutch language (i.e. a French or Spanish document must be translated into Dutch, not English). The following persons can do translations on the island: Cheryl LaBega, Language translator, Government Administration Building, Clern LaBega's Square, Philipsburg, St Maarten. Please note that one to two weeks is required for translation.
The registrar's office should be contacted for specific rules regarding planning your wedding in St Maarten. They will also provide information regarding marriage licenses and marriage certificates.
The Lieutenant Governor
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