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Marriage Registration

The religious representative, Justice of the Peace, or Judge who performs the ceremony is responsible to complete the necessary Marriage Registration Form and, within 48 hours of the marriage ceremony, return the marriage registration to the Deputy Issuer.

The Deputy Issuer reviews the documents for completeness and then returns them to the Vital Statistics office where the marriage is registered and a legal record is kept.

At the time of the ceremony, your religious representative, Justice of the Peace, or Judge will provide you with a certificate of marriage. This certificate is a "memento" document, and is not legal proof of marriage.

After the marriage has been registered, you may apply to Vital Statistics for an official Marriage Certificate, which is legal proof of marriage.