MARRIED IN PALAU
future husband and wife each must be over 18 years
of age. No medical examination or laboratory test
• A marriage application form is available from the
office of the Clerk of Courts located in the Judicial
• A marriage license fee must be paid to the Treasury
Office, located in the Administration Building that
is near the National Congress Building and the Office
of the Vice President. Obtain a receipt for the marriage
• The future husband and wife each must present an
English language affidavits (this affidavit form can
be obtained from the Office of the Public Defender
located in the Judicial Building), stating their full
names, citizenship, and that he and/or she has not
been previously married. Then the completed affidavits
must be notarized. The notarized affidavits must then
be authenticated by the American Embassy in the respective
country. “Authenticated” means that the Notary is
licensed and registered with the embassy.
• Note that if either or both the future husband and
wife have been previously married, then he and/or
she must present a notarized copy of the divorce papers
to a legal translator for translation into English.
After which, the signature of the legal translator
must be authenticated by the American Embassy.
• The marriage application, the license fee receipt
and the appropriate authenticated affidavits must
be submitted to the Office of the President for the
President’s signature. In the absence of the President,
the application is submitted to he Office of the Vice
President for his signature.
• Arrangements must be made beforehand with a local
Judge or Clergy to perform the marriage ceremony at
• Following the marriage ceremony, the marriage application
must be signed by the Judge or Clergy, the husband,
the wife, two witnesses, and then notarized by the
Clerk of the Courts.
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