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Cook Islands - Apply to Get Married

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  1. To get married in Cook Islands, you will need to submit an application for a marriage licence in person at the Registrar of Marriages at least three working days before the wedding. You cannot apply for a licence outside the Cook Islands.
  2. Applicants for a wedding licence must produce a passport and, if divorced, a copy of the Decree Nisi.
  3. You may also need to contact a wedding organizer to help you with your wedding preparation. A link is provided under 'Office Locations & Contacts' to several wedding organizer in the island.


Required Documents[edit]

  • Completed application
  • For bachelors and spinsters, you will need to show these documents:
    • your current passport (this does not apply to a person who was born in the Cook Islands)
    • your birth certificate (certified if not the original copy, deed poll if the name on your passport is different to the one on your birth certificate, translated and certified if in languages other than English)
  • For divorced bride/groom, you will also need to provide your divorce decree or divorce certificate.
  • For widow/widower, you will also need to provide the death certificate of your previous spouse.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Registrar's Department
Department of Justice and Lands
PO Box 11
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Phone: 682 29410 Fax: 682 29610
E-mail: [email protected]

Wedding organisers in Cook Islands



All people wishing to get married must be 21 years of old or have a written consent from their parents.


  • Marriage Licence: $100.00
  • 3 days minimum - waver: $75.00
  • For every marriage solemnized by the Registrar-General or a Registrar (including certified copy of the entry in the register book if that certificate is issued at the same time of solemnization: $100.00
  • Additional fee in respect of a marriage solemnized by the Registrar-General or a Registrar whose office is not at the time ordinarily open for transaction of public business under the Act: $75.00
  • Amendment of marriage licence: $50.00


Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

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Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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Please provide instructions on obtaining the certificate/documents.
e.g. The state office holds birth records since january 1908.

Required Information[edit]

A list which displays the kind of information which is required to complete the procedure.
1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.


Need for the Document[edit]

This procedure provides you information on how you can apply to get married in Cook Islands.

Information which might help[edit]

Marriages celebrated in the Cook Islands are recognised internationally. But intending applicants are still advised to check with their own countries' marriage licensing authorities for their local requirements concerning marriages.

Churches of most denominations exist in the Cook Islands. They include Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Congregational, Cook Islands Christian Church, Seventh Day Adventist, Mormon and Ba'hai. The marriage requirements of these will be the same as in other countries.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]



More information which might help people.