Marriage Testimonials and Dispensations

About Marriage Testimonials (Litterae Testimoniales)

When a couple is being married outside the Diocese of Sacramento, the following materials are required to be submitted to the Tribunal from the parish where the couple is being prepared.

On behalf of the GROOM:

  • Pre-Marriage Testimony (Form A)
  • Pre-Nuptial Witness Testimony (Form B), from two witnesses
  • Baptismal Certificate (must be an original, signed document, issued within six months and include notations)
  • Dispensation (if needed on behalf of Catholic party) (must be the original dispensation document)
  • Confirmation Certificate, if not noted on the baptismal certificate
  • Marriage Nullity Decree, if applicable (certified copy)

On behalf of the BRIDE:

  • Pre-Marriage Testimony (Form A)
  • Pre-Nuptial Witness Testimony (Form B), from two witnesses
  • Baptismal Certificate (must be an original, signed document, issued within six months and include notations)
  • Confirmation Certificate, if not noted on the baptismal certificate
  • Dispensation (if needed on behalf of Catholic party) (must be the original dispensation document)
  • Marriage Nullity Decree, if applicable (certified copy)

On behalf of BOTH PARTIES:

  • Letter of Permission to Marry (signed by the pastor) Click here to see sample.
  • Certificate of Completion of Marriage Preparation (one of these)
    • Parish-based
    • Engaged Encounter
    • CatholicMarriagePrep.com
  • Certificate of Completion of Premarital Assessment or Inventory (one of these)
    • FOCCUS
    • Prepare/Enrich
    • PMI
    • Fully Engaged
  • Certificate of Completion of Natural Family Planning (NFP) overview session
  • Civil Marriage Certificate, original certified copy (if already married civilly)

Only original, signed documents are accepted. The Tribunal verifies the materials submitted and sends them to the diocese where the marriage will take place.

Use this Marriage Testimonial Submission Form when submitting the packet to the Tribunal:

For marriages occurring outside the Diocese of Sacramento but within the United States, submit the required paperwork to the Tribunal at least four (4) weeks prior to the wedding.

For marriages occurring outside the United States, submit the required paperwork to the Tribunal at least eight (8) weeks prior to the wedding.

Incomplete packets are returned to the parish submitting them. The Tribunal is not responsible for any delays in sending packets to dioceses when materials are incomplete or missing.

Form A: Pre-Marriage Testimony for Bride/Groom
Form B: Pre-Nuptial Witness Testimony
Matrimonial Dispensations and Permissions