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how to apply for a marriage certificate in Jamaica

by Louise Knock
(Lowestoft, Suffolk UK )

Louise, who is from the UK, got married in Jamaica back in 2009. Unfortunately, she lost her marriage certificate!

Is there any hope for her getting another copy?
Here's her question, with my answer.


I got married in 2009 in Jamaica, however I have lost my marriage certificate, how do I go about ordering another copy please?


ANSWER: by Wellesley

Hey Louise,

Thanks for asking!

Let me put your concern to rest by telling you that, thanks to the Registrar General's Department (RGD), applying for a copy of your marriage certificate in Jamaica is quite a breeze these days.

You simply visit their website, complete the application with the relevant details, pay the fee, and that's it!

The website is and the direct link to apply for the marriage certificate is here.

Be sure you have the following mandatory information on hand though...

  • Place of Marriage / Parish of Marriage
  • Type of Marriage, eg. Christian, Muslim etc.
  • Bride and Groom's name
  • Date of Marriage
  • Marriage Officer’s name
  • A valid email address
  • Reason for applying

And, if for some reason you don’t know your Marriage Officer’s name, there is a sub process that allows you to request a marriage entry using the same information above.

Thank option is also provided on the link above, but you can also find it here.

What is the cost by the way?

The current fees, as stated on their website, in JMD, are

  • Marriage With Entry Number / Marriage Officer’s Name - First Copy - 1500
  • Marriage With Entry Number / Marriage Officer’s Name - Additional Copy -500
  • Marriage Without Entry Number / Marriage Officer’s Name - First Copy - 1750
  • Marriage Without Entry Number / Marriage Officer’s Name - Additional Copy- 500


There is an additional charge for delivery/ shipping of the document, depending on the destination, local or overseas.

For that, please refer to the website for details.

I hope this helps.

Related: Who Can Sign The Marriage License In Jamaica.


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