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Marrying in Peru

Marrying in Peru

A guide to tying the knot in Peru

You are planning to marry in Peru? First, “Congratulations”! Tying the knot in Peru is a simple and easy process, at least if you have a general understanding about the process and, in case a foreigner is involved, have all the necessary documents on hand.

And as with all bureaucratic processes in Peru, expect a delay here and there, some running around and the one or other frustrating day before you finally can say “I do”. To make the entire process easier and smoother for you, find below a detailed overview of what it involves in getting married in Peru.

 

Overview

 

Civil Wedding in Peru

Only civil ceremonies are legal in Peru. So, if you plan to wed in church, have a romantic celebration on the beach, the blessing of a Shaman, an adventure wedding or whatever, you first have to get legally married.

The civil ceremony is performed at the municipality where you plan to marry. Be aware that at least one partner has to be a legal resident of Peru and that most municipalities request that at least one partner is living in this municipality.

As regulations change quickly in Peru and necessary documents and processes vary a bit from municipality to municipality, the first step on your way to marriage is to check the exact requirements with the municipality where you plan to marry; so when you submit your paperwork, all your documents are in order and, especially important for foreigners, no surprises come up that may delay your special day for weeks or even months.

To give you an overview about the general requirements, here a list of documents usually required.

Requirements of civil marriage in Peru

Application form

The application form includes general information about the bridal couple and the witnesses. The bridal couple has to declare their will to marry before the municipality (usually each municipality has a form letter available).

Identification

Peruvians need the original and a readable copy of their up-to-date DNI, foreigners their passport and, if they are residents, their carné de extranjería.

Birth certificate

Peruvians must present an original certified copy of their birth certificate (depending on the municipality not issued over 3 months ago), foreigners an original birth certificate.*

Certificado de soltería:

The “certificate of being single” is an official document stating that you are single, divorced or widowed, so free to marry.

Depending on the municipality, Peruvians can either provide a so-called “Constancia Negativa de Matrimonio” issued by Reniec or a sworn statement declaring their civil status (you find a sample letter on the government website).

For foreigners, it’s more complicated, as in many countries such a certificate doesn’t exist. So, it’s time to get a little creative. If you are already in Peru, one option is to ask the municipality where you plan to marry if an affidavit signed in front of a notary in Peru is accepted. If yes, great; just go to the nearest notary and sign; problem solved quickly and easily. If not, another option is to get in contact with your embassy and asked them to notarize a sworn statement in which you declare that you are single (unmarried, divorced, widowed). As you are not the first with this problem, many embassies will do so and are prepared (check with the municipality, if they accept it, most do). Be aware that in most cases, this document issued by the embassy must be legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and, if not in Spanish, be translated by an official translator.

If the municipality where you plan to marry won’t accept above two options and you hopefully have someone back home able to help or if you are still in your home country, check if there are any official government-issued documents in your home country stating your civil status or if any government office can issue a document confirming your civil status. If these two are a no, you have two options left: sign an affidavit in which you declare that you are single (unmarried, divorced, widowed) in front of a notary public in your home country or ask the authority responsible for issuing marriage certificates in your home country for a copy of your one. If you are unmarried, they won’t find anything and you will have an official paper stating this.*

Domicile certificate

Most municipalities request that at least one partner is living in the municipality where the wedding is taking place. If one partner is Peruvian for some municipalities, the address on the DNI is enough, others request a sworn statement from a notary and still others ask for a utility bill (electricity, water, phone) including copy.

Certificado médico prenupcial

Most municipalities request a medical exam, the so-called certificado médico prenupcial, before they allow you to marry. Best ask at the municipality which doctor / clinic to use. Both partners have to go together. The medical exam includes a quick general health check, some talk about STIs / STDs and giving a blood sample which is tested for HIV/AIDS and other STIs / STDs. The results and the certificate are usually ready in a day or two.

Witnesses

Most municipalities request the presence of two witnesses when submitting the paperwork and the same two witnesses on the day of the ceremony. The witnesses shouldn’t be family members, should know the couple for a longer period of time and have to present an official ID (DNI, passport, carné de extranjería) including copy. As the wedding won’t take place if a witness present when submitting the paperwork doesn’t show up on the big day, choose reliable and trustworthy people.

If divorced

Additionally to above-mentioned requirements, most municipalities request some sort of proof that a former marriage was resolved legally. This could be the final judgement of the divorce, a divorce decree, a municipal divorce resolution, or any other official divorce documentation.

Please ask at the municipality where you plan to remarry which documents are required. If these documents were issued outside Peru, see below.*

Be aware that some municipalities have a waiting period before divorcees can remarry. Some municipalities as well request a pregnancy test from women who want to get remarried within less than 300 days of their divorce.

If widowed

Usually only the death certificate of the former spouse is requested, but some municipalities as well ask for the former marriage certificate. So, to be on the safe side, please ask at the municipality where you plan to remarry which documents are required. If these documents were issued outside Peru, see below.*

Be aware that some municipalities request a pregnancy test from women who want to get remarried within less than 300 days of the death of their former spouse.

* Any foreign document used in Peru

All foreign documents need an Apostille or, if the country in which they were issued didn't sign the Apostille Convention have to be legalized by a Peruvian consulate abroad and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Peru. Additionally, all documents, apostilled or legalized, have to be translated into Spanish by a certified translator in Peru, a so-called traductor publico juramentado, in case they are not solely in Spanish! You find lists of these government-approved translators on the Peruvian government website. Just click under point 3 on the language of your original document and the list of translators for your language appears. The translation then has to be legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (RREE) in Lima or a RREE branch in the provinces.

Additionally, documents in Peru have an “expiration date”. So, in general (there are a few exceptions), documents issued in Peru are usually only accepted if they were issued not more than 3 months before they are presented; documents issued outside Peru are only accepted if they are not older than 6 months.

Application process for marrying at a municipality in Peru

As soon as you have all the paperwork together, the worst part is over and you can relax a bit. The next step is to submit all documents to the municipality (don’t forget to bring your witnesses), pay the fee for the ceremony and choose the day for your wedding (after submitting the paperwork there usually is a waiting period of at least a week or two until you can marry; be aware that in case the municipality is busy, the next free date might even be 2 or 3 months away). You can as well choose if the civil ceremony should take place in the municipal building or if the official should come to a special location to perform the ceremony (extra costs involved). Most municipalities then request that the bridal couple publish a marriage announcement in a local newspaper and submit the entire page with the marriage announcement as soon as it's published.

You are nearly done. The last step to get legally married in Peru is the civil ceremony itself. As in most countries around the globe, it’s usually nothing spectacular or super festive; a private affair mostly celebrated only with the closest family members and best friends. The ceremony might take around 20 to 30 minutes. The official performing the ceremony might talk about marriage as the union of two persons, the legal responsibilities that come with it, the rights and obligations of the spouses or similar. The only things for you to do, are listening, saying “Si, quiero” or “Si, acepto” at the right moment, otherwise all your hard work of the last weeks or months would have been in vain, and sign the marriage certificate (If you are in Peru as a tourist when you marry, the municipality may request that you have a Permit to sign contracts allowing you to sign legally binding documents including your marriage certificate).

Congratulations! You made it and are now legally married in Peru.

After the ceremony, there usually is only a small lunch or private reception with close family members and best friends. Only if the couple doesn’t have a religious wedding later, the big celebration follows (see below under Wedding reception).

Don’t forget to register your marriage with Reniec (Peruvians have to change their marital status on their DNI) and, if applicable, with the embassy of your home country.

 

Religious Wedding in Peru

As already mentioned above, you can only be legally married in a civil wedding. A religious wedding is optional and can only be held after the civil ceremony. Nevertheless, the religious wedding is a huge affair in Peru and most couples decide to give their vows in front of God, the extended family and friends in a church as well.

Each religion has its own requirements to marry in church, but as over 80% of Peruvians are catholic, here a general overview of the requirements for a catholic wedding in Peru. For exact requirements, please get in contact with the corresponding congregation.

  • ID (DNI for Peruvians, passport or carné de extranjería for foreigners)
  • Birth certificate
  • Baptismal certificate (legalized by the ecclesiastical notary of the Archdiocese)
  • Certificate of Confirmation (legalized by the ecclesiastical notary of the Archdiocese)
  • Religious pre-marriage counselling
  • 4 witnesses (2 for the groom, 2 for the bride), can’t be family
  • Official marriage certificate or proof that the civil ceremony is arranged and held before the religious
  • “La proclamación” (public announcement of the upcoming religious wedding either during the Sunday mass or in the church magazine or on the notice board of the parish)
  • Fee or donation

While for the civil ceremony you are in most cases bound to the municipality where at least one partner of the bridal couple lives, the religious ceremony can usually take place in whatever church you choose. However, entering marriage in the presence of God in popular churches or even impressive cathedrals might come with a waiting period of several months and an elevated price tag. You should consider that you have to transport your wedding party to the church, then to the reception venue and back home.

 

Wedding Reception in Peru

The religious ceremony is followed by a huge reception at the most beautiful or prestigious venues the couple or their parents can afford. It often includes lots of delicious food and an open bar, wedding cake, photographer, music and dancing, an entertainment program with professional dancers or animators, for example, and party games; so generally, a large night-long celebration.

Most couples hire a wedding planner to organize everything or book a special wedding package, which often includes a catering and event planning service at one of the countless hotels or clubs. But honestly, it’s not rocket science to organize it (partly) on your own and if you shop around, save some bucks along the way. This brings us to the costs of a wedding in Peru.

 

Wedding costs in Peru

As everywhere around the globe, you can celebrate a beautiful and memorable wedding on a budget, but as well spend tens of thousands of dollars for a luxury event.

Depending on the type of wedding (only civil ceremony with small or large reception, religious ceremony in Lima’s cathedral with huge reception, destination wedding, adventure wedding,…), chosen venue (garden of your in-laws or 5 star luxury hotel), number of guests (0 or 250), self-planning or wedding planner, home-cooked food or exclusive caterer and other choices such as dress / suit, rings, decoration and flowers, photographer, music and entertainment, necessary transport and accommodation costs and all the other little expenses, you can spend a few thousand or tens of thousands. The sky or better the budget you are willing to spend, your or your parents’ financial resources, savings or limit of the credit card is the limit.

The largest investment of a wedding in Peru is usually the venue of the reception, catering, and decoration. But other important though most often smaller expenses such as invitations, dress, ring, make-up, hairstyle, flowers, music, entertainment, cake, photographer, car and transport add up quickly and shouldn’t be forgotten.

So generally,  the overall costs for a nice, average wedding in Peru with 50 to 100 guests is around US$ 8,000 to US$ 10,000. You can do it for less, but as well more if you add the one or other “luxury”. Average larger weddings (100-200 guests) with more luxury might set you back US$ 15,000 up to US$ 30,000 and huge weddings (over 200 guests) and / or super exclusive events can easily reach up to US$ 50,000.

No matter if you plan a wedding on a budget or an exclusive event, it’s always worth to shop around; the most expensive isn’t always the best.

 

Destination wedding in Peru

Because of its diverse landscapes, countless attractions and rich historic and cultural past Peru offers a wide range of wedding or vow renewal options for everyone: from a religious ceremony in one of the many impressive churches, to a romantic ceremony on the beach, to a rustic ceremony at a private hacienda or bodega, to a traditional Andean ceremony with Shaman in the Sacred Valley, to an exclusive ceremony in one of the numerous luxury hotels, to an exotic ceremony in the jungle, to an adventure event around Machu Picchu or on the Amazon River…

All the above options are only symbolic ceremonies. So, couples usually first marry officially in their home country (or if at least one partner is a legal resident of Peru at the local municipality) and then “elope” to Peru for a once in a lifetime experience.

 

Same-sex marriage and civil union in Peru

To this day, the Peruvian Constitution defines marriage as a stable union between a man and a woman. Same-sex marriage or civil unions are not possible in Peru and same-sex marriages performed abroad aren’t recognized.

And even though prominent gay representatives are already pushing for years for a new legislation that would allow same-sex couples to wed and even the one or other judge ruled in favor of gay couples fighting for their right to marry or to have their foreign marriage recognized, the conservative voices in Peru’s Congress, the powerful Roman Catholic Church and other government institutions until now successfully prevented such a thing.

When in January 2018 the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica ruled that countries in the region that signed the American Convention on Human Rights (which Peru has) should legalize same-sex marriages or unions, supporting marriage equality in Latin American countries, the hopes were high that Peru finally had to act. A law change was expected in a reasonable timeframe, but unfortunately until today nothing of the kind happened.

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  • This commment is unpublished.
    Lex · 25/09/2023
    Hello, my partner and I are trying to get married soon in Peru. I live in the US and he lives in Ica. The problem is that I don’t have a lot of time to spend in Peru doing this whole process. How much of this stuff can I do in my home country? I am planning on having my birth certificate and single status document, notarized and apostilled, while in the US. As for the rest, can it all be done within one week in Perú? Do I have to be there for my partner to submit my documents to the courthouse? Do I have to be there when my partner submits the proof that our wedding was in the newspaper?

    (Part 2) Also, is it possible to have my documents, notarized and apostilled in the US? Does it save time?
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 25/09/2023
      @Lex Hello Lex,

      If the municipality where you plan to marry is cooperative, you only need to be present for the ceremony. I know quite a few Peruvian/foreigner couples who managed to get the preparation/application work done without the foreign partner being in Peru or with the foreign partner only being in Peru for the medical exam and the application. It really depends on the municipality.

      Either way, you must get organized. Best check the exact requirements and process, especially when a foreigner is involved, with the municipality and then make a plan how you can bring together your travel plans and things that you both have to arrange for your marriage together in Peru.

      Then the most important documents you need from the US are your birth certificate and an official document stating that you are single (free to marry). Both must (!) get an Apostille in the US; so, getting the Apostille done in the US has nothing to do with saving time, it’s a must as documents can only be apostilled in the country where they were issued. As these have to be translated in Peru, which usually isn’t done in a day, it might be necessary that you send them to your partner, so he can get this done before you arrive.

      In the meantime, your partner should check if his DNI is up-to-date (if not, he must update it at Reniec) and get a copy of his birth certificate, his certificado de soltería and, if applicable, either a current utility bill or a sworn statement confirming the address.

      I’m not sure what you mean with “for the rest”. Once you have the required documents, all that’s left is the medical exam and submitting the documents. If your partner is able to make appointments for the medical exam at a registered doctor/hospital and at the municipality in the week you plan to be in Peru then yes, “the rest” can be done in a week.

      Usually, yes, both partners have to be there to submit the documents at the municipality, but sometimes municipalities are extremely cooperative and accept the documents when only the Peruvian partner and the witnesses are present. However, then your partner must send you the application form, you must sign it and send it back. And your partner most probably will need a copy of your passport. Check with the municipality about their process.

      And, no, usually it’s enough if the Peruvian partner submits the wedding announcement.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Frederick · 25/08/2023
    Hello,

    I'm a Canadian permanent resident and My fiancé is a Venezuelan Citizen but has resided in Peru for 5 years now. 
    We are planning to get married ( same-sex marriage ) so I can process his papers and hopefully bring him to Canada. 
    Can you advise me on what will be the process for the marriage 
    Documentation and things that I need to do/know

    Thank you
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 25/08/2023
      @Frederick
      Hello Frederick,

      Do you want to marry in Peru or in Canada?

      The problem in Peru is that the Peruvian Constitution defines marriage as a stable union between a man and a woman. Same-sex marriages or civil unions are unfortunately not possible in Peru. Sorry.

      So, if there is no way to get your fiancé to Canada to marry there, your only option is to check for countries that allow same-sex marriages, that don't require a visa for Venezuelans and Canadians and that allow tourists to get married.

      Hope everything works out for you.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    jimena cobeñas · 24/08/2023
    Hello there,

    Very interesting article! Can you please help me with this? My fiancé is from the UK, he is waiting to get his CNI (certificate of non impediment), is that enough to get married, or will also need an affidavis? because getting an appointment in the consulate is so bad at the moment! thanks so much!!!!!! 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 25/08/2023
      @jimena cobeñas
      Hello Jimena,

      A CNI is a legal document that confirms you're free to marry. So, yes, to fulfill the "Certificado de soltería" requirement that should be enough. However, to be accepted in Peru, as all other foreign documents, your financé must get an Apostille on it and have it translated once in Peru.

      All the best.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Valeria · 20/08/2023
    Hi Eva,

    I am in a same sex marriage in the US and am on disability retirement from the federal government there.  I now hold dual citizenship (Peruvian and US) and I am thinking of living out my retirement in Peru with my wife, who is only a US citizen.  Is there any option for us with a family visa or the pension visa since my pension is US and she is legally entitled to it via our US marriage (it´s more than the required $1,000 monthly).  I also require physical assistance as I am now permanently disabled from a work injury.  I am working on getting my permanent disability status updated here medically as I was already registered as such in the US.  Thank you in advance!
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 21/08/2023
      @Valeria Hello Valeria,

      If you have your Peruvian passport and/or DNI, you won’t have any problem moving to and living in Peru. Your wife is another story.

      She only could apply for a rentista visa, when she is the one receiving a state or private pension including social security pension, government pension, employment related pension, union pension, disability pension, etc., so lifetime annuities, other lifelong benefits, or a permanent income for the rest of her life from royalties or dividends of at least US$ 1000 per month or the equivalent in any other currency. Even though in the US your wife is legally entitled to your pension, she can’t fulfill the requirements for a rentista visa as she can’t present a letter or confirmation of the pension fund or social security with her name on it.

      And unfortunately, she as well can’t apply for a family visa; at least not at the moment. If a foreigner is married to a Peruvian, the Peruvian part must register the marriage either at a Peruvian consulate (if the marriage was celebrated abroad) or at Reniec in Peru. The foreigner then must present the Peruvian marriage certificate when applying for a family visa.

      The problem is that till today, the Peruvian Constitution defines marriage as a stable union between a man and a woman. Same-sex marriages are not possible in Peru and same-sex marriages celebrated abroad are not accepted and won’t be registered.

      And even though just recently yet another court in Lima (not the first one) ruled that Reniec is obligated to register a same-sex marriage performed outside the country, they won’t do it as they argue that first the Peruvian Constitution has to be changed newly defining marriage, which only Congress can do but till today didn’t do.

      So, probably something changes in the future, but right now, there is no way to get your marriage registered and therefore your wife can’t apply for a family visa. Sorry.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Thomas · 30/07/2023
    I know of  Peruvian woman living in the U.S. who had a civil marriage in U.S. with an U.S. citizen.  The woman received residency in the US.  US resident stopped working and obtained social security disability payments of due to mental issues like bipolar.  She worked and paid for everything and let him stay in separate bedroom of her apt. As she was worn out from being with someone who wouldn’t work.   She passed away in the US.  She never registered her marrige in Peru.  Her death certificate in the US shows she is married.  Lawyers in Peru have said that Peru recognizes foreign marriages.  You have mentioned that Peru only recognizes marriages registered in Reniec.  Which is correct?
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 31/07/2023
      @Thomas Hello Thomas,

      I’m not sure which lawyer in Peru told you that a marriage of a Peruvian celebrated outside Peru is automatically recognized. It isn’t.

      To be recognized in Peru, the Peruvian spouse must register the marriage either at a Peruvian consulate abroad or if he/she moved back to Peru at Reniec.

      Check out, for example, the Peruvian government website or the website of any Peruvian consulate in the US (as example I chose the General Consulate in Washington DC)

      If available, check the DNI, the Peruvian ID card of the woman. If her marital status (estado civil) says “soltera” (single) then after Peruvian law, she isn’t considered married in Peru. If it shows “casada” only then she is officially married in Peru.

      However, as I don’t know the reason why now after her death it’s so important if her marriage is recognized in Peru, there might be situations where Peruvian authorities will accept that she was married in the US without the marriage being officially registered. For example, if her US death certificate shows that she is married, a Peruvian consulate might still register her death in the Peruvian registry even though the marriage never was registered with Peruvian authorities. If however, the US spouse tries to claim his inheritance (assets in Peru) things might not be that easy.

      Depending on the situation getting in contact with a Peruvian consulate might be a wise decision.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Jenna · 16/05/2023
    Hello!! I have a quick question. For those who have gotten married to a Peruvian, how long approx. did it take you to have the forms legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (RREE)? I have my forms all ready to go here in Canada (they are legalized and signed by the Peruvian Embassy) and I will be sending them to my fiancé in Peru to translate them. We just were curious how long the legalization process at RREE might take. Thank you!
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 16/05/2023
      @Jenna
      Hello Jenna,

      it depends on the workload of the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores. If you bring the documents in the morning, sometimes you can pick them up in the afternoon, while other times they tell you to come back a day or two later.

      Some translators as well offer to handle the legalization at RREE, which might be a good option at least in Lima so you don't have to get into the city center twice.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Daniel · 03/05/2023
    I am natural born Peruvian residing in the US with dual Peruvian and US citizenship, my partner is currently in Russia and will be traveling to Peru. Could we get marry in Peru with such conditions, or what process would we have to follow in such circumstances?
    Thanks.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 05/05/2023
      @Daniel
      Hello Daniel,

      sorry for getting back to you so late.

      Do you want to have your civil or your church wedding in Peru?

      If you plan to have the civil ceremony in Peru, at least one partner must be a legal resident of Peru (you are Peruvian, so this shouldn't be a problem). Furthermore most municipalities request that at least one partner is living in this municipality. As you say that your are living in the US and your partner in Russia this could be a problem. Depending on the municipality they might allow you to get married, might accept a sworn statement that you live in the municipality or want to have an address in their municipality on your DNI.

      So, best get in contact with the municipality where you plan to get married and see what their exact requirements are.

      Additionally, you should be aware that getting married in Peru isn't something you can get done during a week or two vacation. So, at least one partner should be in Peru for a while to get everything prepared.

      If you plan to have your religious wedding in Peru, then it should be much easier. But as requirements differ heavily best check with the church.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Brittany · 28/02/2023
    Hello, 
    I am a naturalized Peruvian, originally born in the USA. My fiance and I want to do our religious wedding in Peru to honor my elders, they are asking us for a marriage certificate, and we want to know if we can use our USA marriage certificate for the Church ceremony. 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 01/03/2023
      @Brittany
      Hello Brittany,

      not sure who "they" are (the church?), but if you married in the US you should get a recent copy of your marriage certificate and get an Apostille on it. Then once in Peru the marriage certificate with Apostille must be translated by a certified translator into Spanish and the translation legalized by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then the document should be accepted in Peru without any problems.

      However, you best should ask at the church where you plan to marry for the exact requirements for those who married outside Peru.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Connor · 10/11/2022
    Hi

    The local municipality has the following as a requirement and I wondered if you could help clear it up for me:

    Certificado de soltería por el Cónsul peruano del país de origen y apostillado por RREE en el Perú.

    Would this be the US consulate in Lima or the Peruvian consulate in the US?

    Thanks
    Connor
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 10/11/2022
      @Connor Hello Connor,

      This requirement is strange and partly wrong on so many levels.

      First of all, I assume (!) it should mean “Certificado de soltería legalizado por el Cónsul peruano del país de origen …”.

      So, you need the certificate proving that you are single (free to marry) authenticated /legalized by the Peruvian consul in the country where it was issued (consular legalization).

      In some countries, it’s impossible to get an official public document corresponding to the Peruvian Certificate of being single that can go through the official process. And even if, it’s a lengthy process to get the consular legalization as for that the certificate needs a signature and seal of the issuing authority, then usually has to get authenticated by at least two or more higher authorities and only then can get the consular legalization by the Peruvian consul in the country where it was issued. The whole process is to prove the authenticity of the document and to ensure that only authorized persons signed it.

      After that the municipality says “… y apostillado por RREE en el Perú”. That’s more than strange as RREE (Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) can only put an Apostille on a document that is issued in Peru. So, I assume they mean “legalizado”. So, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs checks that the seal and the signature of the Peruvian consul on your certificate is correct and, if so, puts another signature and seal on it confirming the document is ok. And what the municipality forgot, if the certificate isn’t in Spanish, it must be translated by a certified translator in Peru.

      Anyway, now the thing is, the above explanation is the traditional method for authenticating documents to be used abroad, so the process of a traditional legalization. However, if the country where your certificate was issued signed the Hague Apostille Convention, this traditional method, which needs the signature and seals of the issuing authority, other higher authorities, and the Peruvian consulate of the country where it was issued is not needed anymore to prove the legitimacy, genuineness, and origin of a document. Then only an Apostille is needed.

      So, the certificate is issued by the responsible authority of a country, then usually only has to be authenticated by one higher authority (may vary depending on country) and then by the authority in charge of apostilling in the country where it was issued. That’s it, usually just two steps in the country where the document was issued and no Peruvian consulate involved. Once in Peru, it only has to be translated by a certified translator and is officially accepted.

      You find more detailed info about the Apostille in our glossary entry “Apostille”.

      In case your home country doesn't officially issue a Certificate of being single or something similar which makes the legalization/Apostille process impossible or if you want to avoid the process of legalization/Apostille in your home country, I would go back to the municipality and ask if there is any other option to prove that you are single. You could offer a sworn statement issued by a notary in Peru or a sworn statement that your embassy in Peru officially signs and seals (then this document has to be legalized by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and, if not in Spanish, be translated by an official translator).

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Owen · 05/11/2022
    When submitting the documentation at the local authority will I need to have signed  Permit to sign contracts (PEFC- Permiso especial para firmar contratos)? This isn't mentioned in the article? Will I also need one for the civil wedding on the wedding day itself to sign the marriage certificate? And finally sorry about this but do you know if a certificate of no impediment will be accepted as confirmation of your single status?
    Thank you 
    Owen
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 05/11/2022
      @Owen Hello Owen,

      it depends on the municipality where you plan to marry.

      Some request from foreigners who are in the country as a tourist that they have the permit to sign contracts when submitting the application and when getting married (signing the marriage certificate), others only on the day of your marriage and yet other don’t ask for it.

      With the certificado de soltería it’s actually the same. It depends on the municipality. Some are very relaxed and are happy with a simple sworn statement from a Peruvian notary, others want to have an official document from your home country stating that you are single (of course with Apostille und translation).

      So, as necessary documents and processes vary from municipality to municipality, we recommend getting in contact with the municipality where you plan to marry and confirm the exact requirements, especially if a non-resident foreigner is involved.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Mhey · 05/11/2022
    Hello, I'm Indonesia and my my fiancé us. Can we get married in Peru? 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 05/11/2022
      @Mhey Hello Mhey,

      it depends. If you are both just visiting Peru, so are in the country as tourists, it's not possible. At least one of you has to be a legal resident of Peru and most municipalities additionally request that at least one partner lives in this municipality.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    bishoy · 04/11/2022
    i am egyptian citizen traveling to peru with an invitation letter from my girl friend  can i reserve one way ticket.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 04/11/2022
      @bishoy Hello Bishoy,

      for you as Egyptian national, an invitation letter isn't enough to enter Peru. You must apply for a tourist visa at a Peruvian consulate before coming to Peru. See the publication of the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs page 2 (I attached a picture which shows that Egyptians need a tourist visa and cannot travel visa-free to Peru).

      The requirements to apply for a tourist visa include a round-trip ticket. You find more information in our article Tourist Visa and there especially under the point "How and where to apply".

      Greetings
      Eva
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    B · 29/10/2022
    I'm A US citizen and I married a Peruvian woman, for reason I won't get into it didn't work out, she never got her citizenship or greencard (the marriage was over within months) Is this marriage even recognized in the us? I can't seem to get a straight answer
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 29/10/2022
      @B Hello B,

      You don’t have to register a foreign marriage in the US to be accepted. So, if your marriage was legally performed in Peru and is valid, it is “automatically” recognized and legally valid in the US.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    David · 10/08/2022
    I live in the US and want to marry in Ica, Peru. They are pretty much asking for all of the above, though I'm having a tough time understanding what they mean by providing a Domicile certificate. How do I obtain such a document from my state?
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 10/08/2022
      @David Hello David,

      Usually, for marriages between a Peruvian partner and a non-domiciled foreigner only one Certificado Domiciliario per couple is requested, and this is provided by the Peruvian partner.

      I don’t know if the municipality of Ica specified if both have to present a domicile certificate and if a utility bill is ok or if they want a sworn statement which has to be signed in front of a notary.

      Anyway, if Ica is fine with only one “certificate”, your fiancée, depending on what is requested, either just needs an electricity, water, or phone bill or has to pay a notary a visit who usually has the corresponding form letter on hand. If they want the “certificate” from you as well, depending on what is requested, use the same electricity, water, or phone bill (add a second copy) and say that you live under this address together with your fiancée when you are in Peru or, once you are in Peru, go to a notary and get the document.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Andy · 04/08/2022
    My girlfriend is a Chinese citizen and working in Lima for a Chinese Company. I am a Canadian Citizen. Can we get marry in Lima ? 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 04/08/2022
      @Andy Hello Andy,

      Many municipalities in Peru require that at least one partner must be Peruvian or a legal resident of Peru.

      So, assuming that your girlfriend is a legal resident because of working for a company in Lima, yes, you can marry in Peru.

      For exact details on requirements, get in contact with the municipality where you are planning to marry

      Greetings
      Eva

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