If you’re looking for a romantic destination, it’s a no-brainer that you include Guam in your list. With their catchy tagline “Come to Guam, Where Love Is Real,” Guam is on its way to becoming one of the top destination wedding options for couples of all age and sexuality. Yes, you read that right – same-sex marriage is legal in Guam! So if you’re planning to be extra romantic and surprise your partner with a marriage proposal while on this beautiful island, here are the steps to get married:
Step 1 – Prepare Your Documents
Don’t forget to bring with you photo identification such as a driver’s license or a passport and birth certificates. Non – US Citizens, like us, Filipinos, need a Notarized Affidavit of Foreign Birth accompanied by a notarized translated Birth Certificate, Certificate of Family Relations or Civil Registry and their respective country’s current passport. Good thing Notary Public services in Guam are easy to access and rates range from just $10 – $25 per document.
Step 2 – Go to the Vital Statistics Office
Couples need to be present to fill out the marriage license application at the Vital Statistics Office with the address below:
Department of Public Health and Social Services
Office of Vital Statistics (first floor)
123 Chalan Kareta Route 10
Mangilao, Guam 96923
Tel: (671) 735-7292/7263/7185/7280
Fax: (671) 734-5910
The application is downloadable here.
Step 3 – Pay The Fees
Expensive? Not at all! The fee to get a marriage application is only $30 or P1500. Note that it takes the mandatory minimum of five days from date of filing to issuance of the license. The license is valid for 60 days from date of issue. Once lapsed, the process starts again. Should you choose to waive the 5-day waiting period, an affidavit of “Good Cause Shown” must be submitted to the Office of Vital Statistics. A non-refundable fee of $50 will be assessed for the waiver if approved.
Step 4 – Submit Executed Marriage Certificate
Once the ceremony is done, you must take the executed marriage certificate to the Office of Vital Statistics within ten working days. You will receive a certified copy of your marriage certificate within a few minutes. A non-refundable fee of $10 will be assessed for each certified copy.
Who may perform the marriage?
1. The Governor or Lieutenant Governor of Guam.
2. Judges or delegated Senators.
3. Ordained Clergyman or Priests from their respective on-island religious order.
4. The Director or Deputy Director of the Department of Administration.
5. The Director of Department of Public Health & Social Services.
6. The Speaker of the Guam Legislature or his designee.
7. Mayor /Vice Mayor (Community Development Fund $50.00)
Do I have to pick up the marriage license right away?
You do not have to pick up the marriage license until you are in fact ready to marry. Once you have picked up your marriage license, you must complete the marriage within sixty (60) days of the date of issue. If you do not get married within the (60) days and/or the sixty (60) days has expired, the license will no longer be valid and you must first return the unused/expired license before you are able to reapply.
And there you have it! So easy, right? Click here to read more about same-sex marriage in Guam >>