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Getting Married in Turks and Caicos

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I was so happy to see some information already presented in regards to this topic. I am from NJ and will be getting married in one month in T & C. I contacted my local registrar and she said that our marriage would not be recognized in the US-of course I panicked!  I filled out all of the necessary paperwork to obtain the marriage certification in T & C and sent all legal documents-there were no problems on that side.   I am now confused as to what to do.  If anyone has gone through this, please let me know if you filled out an application for your marriage license prior to departing for you wedding or if you waited until you got back and brought the documentation with you to your local registrar.  Also, I read that it takes 6-8 weeks to receive your marriage license from T & C. 

 

Frazzled Bride to be :)

Thanks everyone!! 

Jaimie

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I just got married a few weeks ago in T&C, but I was told by our planner that the marriage was recognized in the US.  We are still waiting on paperwork but she said there's something we need to file in the US once we get everything from her.  Not super helpful but I wanted to chime in with what I was told.

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It is my understanding that the marriage is still legal and recognized in the US.  Even though you don't have the official marriage license, they should have given you an unofficial copy with some sort of raised stamp. I believe that you can use that to change your driver's license and social security card. That's what really matters, so I wouldn't worry too much about what one person says at the state office. I had friends get married in other countries, come back to the NJ/NY area and go through the rest of the process as if they were married here without any issues. Good luck, I'm not going to sweat it too much. There's too much other wedding "stuff" to stress over!

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thanks for the clarification.  I never even wondered about it being valid here just assumed it would be with all the DW weddings taking place now.  My friends that got married in JA received an unofficial certificate and were mailed the original I believe she told me.

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