Single Status Affidavit for Costa Rica

UPDATED JANUARY 10, 2021date

Getting married in Costa RicaCosta Rican law permits U.S. citizens to get married there.  A lawyer can perform the required legal ceremony. The list of attorneys is provided by the U.S. embassy in Costa Rica. 

What documents do U.S. citizens need to get married in Costa Rica? 

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Affidavit of single status for Costa Rica

free download 1 1 If you have not been married before, you must present a sworn statement to that effect. There are three ways to do it: (a) you can come to the U.S. Embassy's Consular Section and make a sworn statement before a consular officer, (b) you can do it before a Costa Rican attorney, or (c) you can bring an affidavit swearing that you are unmarried (free download), signed, notarized and apostilled in the U.S. 

Other documents required for getting married in Costa Rica

  • In all cases, you will hav a certified copy of your U.S. birth certificate. This document needs to be apostilled. We can obtain certified and apostilled copies of birth certificates from most U.S. states. Please contact us.
  • In case of a previous marriage in the U.S. you will need to submit a certified copy of your divorce judgment authenticated by an apostille or a certified copy of your previous spouse's death certificate authenticated by an apostille. Costa Rican authorities recognize U.S. documents when they have been properly authenticated in the U.S.  Documents issued in the United States CANNOT be authenticated overseas. Need a certified copy with an apostille? Please contact us
  • A valid passport.

Apostille for Costa Rica: price, processing time, order form

price 4Apostille: $175 (FedEx within the U.S. is included)
Processing time: depends on the state (select the state from the left menu).
FedEx (2nd day): $20
FedEx (standard overnight): $30
FedEx International: $75 (most countries)
FedEx International to Eastern Europe, South America, Africa: $115
FedEx International to Eastern Europe and South America:
Complete the Order form and enclose it with your documents. Our mailing address is
Foreign Documents Express
331 Newman Spring Rd., Bldg. 1
4th Floor, Suite 143
Red Bank, NJ 07701


Apostilles in some state and federal agencies are still being processed with delays. Please contact us for processing times. 

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Our guarantee: if we are not able to apostille your document(s), we will issue a 100% refund.

We process documents for all countries. 

We process documents from all 50 U.S. States (apostilles and certifications), the U.S. Department of State in Washington DC (federal apostilles and certifications), and all foreign embassies/consulates.


Foreign Documents Express is a registered service provider with the Secretary of State - authentications, Hague apostilles, and certification.

Our mailing address is

Foreign Documents Express
331 Newman Springs Rd., Bldg. 1
4th Floor, Suite 143
Red Bank, NJ 07701

Phone: (646) 267-1140

Fax: (800) 905-0421

We accept all major credit and debit cards. We also accept checks (including personal checks), money orders, PayPal, MoneyGram, Western Union, bank transfers.

Major credit cards accepted


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You can call us at (646) 267-1140 with any questions about apostille process. We are available Monday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to answer your questions. You can also fax or email copies of your documents for a free evaluation. We will advise if your documents qualify for apostilles and, if not, what steps need to be taken.

Processing times differ depending on nature of your documents. In each case will provide the time estimate, and will do our best to meet the deadline.

Delivery by USPS Priority mail (within the U.S.) is included in the price. FedEx (2nd day, within the U.S.): $20, FedEx (standard overnight): $30. We ship internationally. FedEx International to most countries is $75 (FedEx to Eastern Europe and South America is $115).

Apostilles and embassy legalization procedures are not complicated if you entrust your documents to legalization experts who know the requirements of U.S. apostille agencies, foreign consulates and embassies and the requirements of the receiving organizations in foreign countries.