Planning Your Wedding: Getting Married in the Bahamas
Application for Wedding License
The couple must be in the Bahamas at the time of application for
the marriage license.
Couples may apply a day after their arrival and can be married
once they receive their approved license the day after application.
If either party is single and have never been married before, a
declaration certifying this fact must be sworn before a notary
public or other person authorized to administer oaths in the country
of residence. This document must accompany the application for the
marriage license. This declaration can also be obtained in the
Bahamas from an attorney-at-law or notary public.
If either party has been divorced, the original final decree or
a certified copy must be produced. Where applicable, a translated,
certified and notarized copy of the final decree must be produced.
If either party is widowed, the original death certificate, or
certified copy, must be produced. Where applicable, a translated,
certified and notarized copy of the death certificate must be
Minors (under 18 years) may be married with both parents'
consent. Consent forms for minors are available at the registrar
Proof of Identification and Residency
Both parties must produce a valid passport, birth certificate
and photo id. The parties must also produce evidence of the date of
their arrival in the Bahamas. The Bahamas immigration card or entry
stamp in your passport will suffice.
A blood test is not required.
The fee for the license is $100; certified copies of a marriage
certificate are $20. Marriage licenses are issued at the office of
the registrar general. This office is open to the public Mondays to
Fridays between the hours of 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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