Getting Married in the Dominican Republic? About Authenticating and Legalizing (Apostille) Your Canadian Documents

Published on Wednesday, March 6, 2013

If you are getting married in the Dominican Republic you know there are countless details involved in planning a destination wedding.  It is crucial to know exactly what documentation is required from the bride and groom, and how to make sure these documents are prepared correctly.

Please confirm your document requirements with your wedding planner, as well as the Embassy of the Dominican Republic. You may also contact International Documents Canada for more information.

Below is a list of documents that may be required.

  • Single Status Affidavits, these need to be notarized
  • Certified True Copies of your valid passports
  • Certified True Copies of your birth certificates
  • Original death or divorce certificates, if applicable

To be accepted in the Dominican Republic your documents will need to go through the authentication and legalization process, also commonly known as the apostille process. This involves having the documents “authenticated” by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa and then “legalized” by the Embassy of the Dominican Republic. You can find more information on the Canadian authentication and legalization process here.

Two important tips to keep in mind:

  1. Mail in authentication at the Department of Foreign Affairs currently takes 25 business days plus 5 days for legalization at the Embassy of The Dominican Republic. If you are doing this yourself, plan accordingly.
  2. In the Dominican Republic your legalized documents will only be valid for three (3) consecutive months after the legalization date. So don’t authenticate and legalize your documents too far in advance!

International Document Canada removes the stress, hassle and weeks of processing time involved in doing this yourself. We specialize in managing the authentication and legalization process for our clients. You send your documents to us and we take care of the rest in just a few days.

Please contact us at International Documents Canada (IDC). We would be happy to discuss your particular needs and answer any questions you might have. Phone toll free 1-888-433-1011 or visit us at