I got married 2 weeks ago. Pastor gave me that slip that we signed. What are the other steps that should be taken to get a marriage certificate? Does my name change automatically? Is it legal for me to write on documents my husband's last name?

Dear Marla,

Congratulations on your marriage ! and I recommend you contact your Pastor and ask him if he is going to be the one applying for your Certified Marriage Certificates at the Registrar Department General (RGD) or if you should be the one doing it. Most pastors now are licensed Marriage Officers, meaning they are licensed to apply for your Certified Copies.

When you receive them, do not sign them or write on them, they should be kept as they are so they may be valid.

Should you live in Jamaica, your husband's last name is applicable upon receipt of your Certified Marriage Certificates.

If you need to change documents to your husband last name, you will be required to present a copy of your Certified Marriage Certificate. Such as passport, Identification Card, bank accounts etc ...

I hope this is helpful, and do recommend once again you contact the Pastor who married you.



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Isabelle Stewart


Originally from France, I moved to Jamaica 20 years ago, and am an independent Island Wedding Planner, in the Negril area. Knowing how to deal with the Legal Documents involved in all aspects of Weddings/Marriages, I also specialize in searching for Marriage Certificates that have been lost or need to be replaced as well as obtaining new Jamaican Marriage Certificates. I am also able to help those who need to deal with the Legalization of Marriage for citizens of Spain, Germany, Italy, Russia, Poland, Switzerland, and Mexico, and more non-english speaking countries. I would love to be of assistance and can be reached via this site or by email at weddingsbyisabelle@gmail.com


Having been a Wedding Planner for over 15 years, I can answer a lot of questions, and have been very successful obtaining new Jamaican Marriage Certificates for Individuals and Professionals.

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