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Marriage Requirements:

Application For Licence - 

The couple must be in The Bahamas at the time of application for the marriage license.


Residency Period - 

Couples may apply a day after their arrival and can be married once they receive their approved license the day after application.


Divorced - 

If either party has been divorced, the original final decree or a certified copy must be produced. Where applicable, a translated, certified and notarised copy of the final decree must be produced.


Widowed - 

If either party is widowed, the original death certificate, or certified copy, must be produced. Where applicable, a translated, certified and notarised copy of the death certificate must be produced.


Single Persons - 

If either party is single and never been married before, a declaration certifying this fact must be sworn before a notary public or other person authorised 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.


Minors - 

Minors (under 18 years) may be married with both parents’ consent. Consent forms for minors are available at the Registrar General’s office.


Marrying In The Bahamas - 

Persons desirous of being married in the Bahamas (any island outside of New Providence and Grand Bahama) can obtain a Marriage Licence at the Administrator’s Office on that island.


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.


Blood Test - 

No blood test is necessary.



The fee for the license is $100; certified copies of a marriage certificate are $20.


Note: Marriage Licenses are issued at the office of the Registrar General in Nassau. This office is open to the public Mondays to Fridays between the hours of 9:30 a.m. Ð 4:00 p.m.


Registrars Offices - 

The registrar’s office should be contacted for specific rules regarding planning your destination or beach wedding in Bahamas. They will also provide information regarding marriage licenses and marriage certificates.


Office of the Registrar General

PO Box N532

Rodney Bain Building

Parliament and Shirley Street

Nassau, The Bahamas


Tel: (242) 323-0594

(242) 323-0595,

(242) 323-0597


Fax: (242) 322-5553,

(242) 393-7908

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