14 Jan Getting Married in Argentina
Getting Married in Argentina
Civil Marriage in Argentina
To begin with, under Argentina’s Federal constitutional scheme, each province has organized its own Civil Registry Offices. Thus, most of the process to arrange a civil marriage to take place depends on each province’s regulations.
For example, in the city of Buenos Aires (which has a status equivalent to a province), at least one member of the couple must personally appear at a Civil Registry Office exactly 29 business days before the intended date of the civil marriage, to schedule such date. Also, the couple may also appear 10 business days before the intended date of the marriage. However, scheduling of the marriage will be subject to availability.
Marriage in Argentina Between a Foreigner and an Argentine Citizen
To begin the process, you and your fiancé(e) should head to the Registro Civil (Civil Registry) closest to your legal place of residence, as recorded in your fiancé(e)’s DNI. In fact, you may select a date for your civil ceremony no more than 30 to 45 days out from the date of your marriage. Actually, we were able to pick both the date and time of our ceremony. However, the Civil Register is only open on Monday through Friday, between 8 am and 1 pm.
Requirements for Marriage in Argentina (Foreigner Marrying an Argentine)
- Argentine: DNI plus a photocopy of the entire document
- Foreigner: passport with valid visa stamp or prórroga de permanencia (visa extension) plus a photocopy of the entire document
- Afterward, complete and return the paperwork. For instance, include the names and personal information of two people who will serve as witnesses. However, they cannot be family members. In fact, they should be Argentines with DNI.
- Fees [$40 pesos payable at Banco de la Provincia—you cannot pay at the Civil Registry]
- Blood test results [get blood drawn at the local hospital no more than one week prior to the date of the wedding (no cost); return certified results to the Registro Civil before your wedding day]
- You may need to prove that you terminated any previous marriages, either by death or divorce.