Instructions for Officiating Church Minister

Every marriage solemnised by an Officiating Minister must be recorded in the churh Marriage Register.

The Officiating Minister should transcribe the particulars shown on the reverse side of the form into the Marriage Register.  In the event of there being an error in any of the particulars the Officiating Minister should amend the error and initial the alteration.

A copy of the marriage entry must be sent by the officiating minister to the Registrar-General, Rarotonga within 10 days of solemnisation.  The marriage "form 4" is to be used for this purpose.

The parties to the marriage, two witnesses and the Officiating Minister must personally sign the entry in the Marriage Register and also the copy for the Registrar-General.

The Officiating Minister must complete the bottom portion on the reverse side of the copy by entering the full date and place of marriage.  He/she must also complete and sign the certificate that he/she officiated at the marriage and that he/she has recorded the marriage in the Marriage Register.

 

Instructions for Marriage Celebrant

A copy of the marriage entry must be sent by the officiating minister to the Registrar-General, Rarotonga within 10 days of solemnisation.  The marriage "form 4" is to be used for this purpose.

 

Instructions for the brides and grooms

You are required to lodge your "Notice of Intended Marriage" with the Registry Office in person at least three days before your marriage. If you lodge your notice less than the minimum three days as required you will be charged with a "Waiver fee". For correct fee please refer to the fees article as these fees may change from time to time.

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.

 

Apostille Certificate

Before leaving the Cook Islands, it might be a good idea to have your document "legalised" by obtaining an apostille certificate from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration.The reason for this is "the signatures or seals of Cook Islands public officials (such as solicitors, notaries public, registrars) on certain public documents from the Cook Islands have to be confirmed before those documentscan be accepted overseas".

For the list of countries that require an apostille certificate and the fee charged please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration web site.