Single Status Affidavit for Costa Rica (free download)

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U.S. Department of State: the processing time for federal apostilles and authentication certificates (including FBI, 6166 U.S. Residency certifications, etc.) is currently 8-12 weeks. There is no expedited or walk-in service.  

UPDATED JANUARY 10, 2021date

Getting married in Costa RicaCosta Rican law permits U.S. citizens to get married there.  A lawyer can perform the required legal ceremony. The list of attorneys is provided by the U.S. embassy in Costa Rica. 

What documents do U.S. citizens need to get married in Costa Rica? 

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Affidavit of single status for Costa Rica

free download 1 1 If you have not been married before, you must present a sworn statement to that effect. There are three ways to do it: (a) you can come to the U.S. Embassy's Consular Section and make a sworn statement before a consular officer, (b) you can do it before a Costa Rican attorney, or (c) you can bring an affidavit swearing that you are unmarried (free download), signed, notarized and apostilled in the U.S. 

Other documents required for getting married in Costa Rica

  • In all cases, you will hav a certified copy of your U.S. birth certificate. This document needs to be apostilled. We can obtain certified and apostilled copies of birth certificates from most U.S. states. Please contact us.
  • In case of a previous marriage in the U.S. you will need to submit a certified copy of your divorce judgment authenticated by an apostille or a certified copy of your previous spouse's death certificate authenticated by an apostille. Costa Rican authorities recognize U.S. documents when they have been properly authenticated in the U.S.  Documents issued in the United States CANNOT be authenticated overseas. Need a certified copy with an apostille? Please contact us
  • A valid passport.

Apostille for Costa Rica: price, processing time, order form

price 4Apostille: $175 (FedEx within the U.S. is included)
Processing time: depends on the state (select the state from the left menu).
FedEx International is $60 (most countries)
FedEx International to Eastern Europe and South America: $90
Complete the Order form and enclose it with your documents. Our mailing address is
Foreign Documents Express
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