Just thought this might be helpful to know for all of us Canadians married in the Dominican Republic because there is another thread going about someone from the UK and whether they need a divorce since he/she never registered their previous marriage that took place in the DR.

I was interested to know what the Canadian requirements were on registering a marriage in Canada that took place in the Dominican Republic.

So, do you need to register your marriage in Canada - the short answer is no, you are not required to register your marriage that took place in the DR once you are back in Canada. I found the following information on the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website (Marriage Overseas


2. Will a marriage performed in a foreign country be recognized in Canada?

Marriages that are legally performed abroad are usually valid in Canada. Inquiries regarding the validity of a foreign marriage should be directed to the Vital Statistics Office of the province or territory where the couple will live.


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3. Is it necessary to have a foreign marriage registered in Canada?

There is no legal requirement to register a foreign marriage in Canada. Moreover, it may not be possible to do so, depending on the laws of the province or territory in Canada where you last resided. If your province or territory allows this option, you will need a marriage certificate issued by local authorities in the country where the marriage took place (authenticated by the nearest Canadian government office abroad), plus a certified translated copy in order to register your marriage in Canada.

For more information and to find out if this option exists in your region, contact the Vital Statistics Office of the province or territory where you last resided in Canada.