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#1 SandC

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    Posted 10 September 2015 - 06:21 AM

    Can anyone tell me what i need to do to get my legal documents sent to jamaica?  Do they have to be notarize or certified?  who can do that?  Seems very confusing between notarized or commission of oath.


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      Posted 10 September 2015 - 09:23 AM

      Can anyone tell me what i need to do to get my legal documents sent to jamaica?  Do they have to be notarize or certified?  who can do that?  Seems very confusing between notarized or commission of oath.


      @SandC where are you getting married in Jamaica? im not familiar with the process, but your location or resort must have all the steps to follow , for a legal wedding. I would ask them.



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      #3 calgarybride2015

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      Posted 10 September 2015 - 09:29 AM

      @acw271011 married in Jamaica, hopefully she can pop in and help!


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      #4 beckys98

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      Posted 10 September 2015 - 11:18 AM

      I was recently married in Jamaica. We had copies of our birth certificates and passports notarized and then we just scanned and emailed to the wedding coordinators. The paperwork said we had to send the physical notarized copies but they accepted the scanned/emailed documents with no problem! We never provided the physical documents and we have our marriage certificate in hand :)

      #5 acw271011

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      Posted 10 September 2015 - 01:02 PM

      I was married in Jamaica nearly 4 years ago. We were both divorced so document requirements were a bit different. Notarized copies of birth certificates definitely plus notarized copies of our final divorce papers. We were asked to scan and email the copies to the WC at the resort, then bring the actual originals with us and we had to hand them in to the WC when we met with her. They may not need that anymore but my feeling was that it seems to vary from parish to parish (county) as to how strict they are.


      Definitely your WC should be able to tell you what she needs but I would be prepared with your notarized copies in case. Notarizing a document usually means a certificate is attached by the Notary (lawyer) stating that they've seen the original documents and what they're attaching is a true copy of the original and they attest to that and usually add a seal. A Commissioner of Oaths is just someone that you take documents to that need to be signed but that have a sworn statement with them that the signature was witnessed. I'm a commissioner of oaths and it only means that people bring documents to me, I stamp them if they don't already have a special commissioner's box on them, then the person signing has a statement they have to swear to along with signing the document. That won't work for documents in Jamaica for a marriage licence though.


      @SandC I'm not sure where you're from but here in Ontario a lawyer is the only one that can be a notary so you would have to find a lawyer to do the notarizing for you.


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      #6 Sandraco8

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      Posted 12 September 2015 - 03:32 AM

      We emailed copies of our documents with a notarized letter and were told we need to show the originals when we arrive for our wedding. The copies needed to be sent in at least 60 days prior to the wedding date.

      Good luck!

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