Guide to Obtaining a Marriage Certificate in Ecuador

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What is it?

Obtaining a marriage certificate in Ecuador involves a series of steps that both local residents and foreigners must undergo. This certificate is a legal proof of marriage recognized by the Ecuadorian government and essential for various legal and personal transactions.

Who needs it?

This service is essential for couples intending to marry in Ecuador, including Ecuadorian citizens, foreign residents, and tourists. Those planning to use their marriage certificate for legal matters such as visa applications, inheritance claims or personal records will also find this service crucial.


  1. Obtain a list of required documents from the local civil registration office.
  2. Gather all necessary documents, ensuring all are authenticated and translated where necessary.
  3. Submit the completed application along with required documents to the civil registration office.
  4. Schedule an appointment for the marriage ceremony at the civil office.
  5. Attend the marriage ceremony with necessary witnesses and legal representatives if needed.
  6. Collect the official marriage certificate once processed by the civil office.

Required documents

  • Valid passports for both parties
  • Birth certificates of both parties
  • Proof of residency (for foreigners)
  • Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage, obtained from the respective consulate or embassy
  • Previous marriage certificates or divorce decrees (if applicable)
  • Proof of payment for the marriage fee

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Additional details

  • Both parties must be present at the civil office for the marriage ceremony.
  • The marriage certificate will be issued in Spanish; ensure to get it translated if needed.
  • Contact the Ecuadorian embassy for specific details if you are a foreigner.
  • Legal representation is advisable for non-Spanish speakers.


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