Getting married in The Bahamas requirements are easy to meet. Your wedding planner in The Bahamas can help you with all requirements on how to get married and obtaining a marriage license in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
Here’s a rundown on things you need to know about legally getting married in The Bahamas:
1. Application for License
The couple must be in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas at the time of application for the marriage license.
If you arrive via cruise ship, you’ll be required to obtain a letter from the Ship’s Purser/Guest Services confirming that you have met the residency period by being in Bahamian waters for 24 hours.
You need not apply for a license if you wish to renew your vows.
Please note: Marriage licenses and certificates are issued at the office of the Registrar General in Nassau. This office is open to the public Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Couples wishing to be married on islands outside of New Providence and Grand Bahama Island can obtain a marriage license at the Administrator’s Office on that island.
Couples may apply a day after their arrival and can be married once they receive their approved license the day after application.
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3. Getting Married in The Bahamas: 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.
4. Blood Test, Witnesses, Fees
No blood test is necessary.
Two witnesses, who are at least 18 years old, must sign your marriage license. If it’s just the two of you, witnesses can be provided.
The fee for a marriage license is $120, inclusive of one certified copy of a marriage certificate. Extra marriage certificates are available at $20 each.
Many countries now require that official documents, such as international marriage certificates, be certified by the issuing country. In The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, this means that an Apostille (a special seal) is applied by the relevant authority to certify that a document is a true copy of an original. The Apostille can be made available to you within 30 days of the request; the cost for each one is $120. Your wedding planner or marriage officer will assist you in this regard.
6. Divorced, Minors, Single Persons, Widowed
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 produce
Minors (under 18 years) may be married with both parents’ consent. Consent forms for minors are available at the Registrar General’s office.
If either party is single and has 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 Commonwealth of The Bahamas from an attorney-at-law or notary public.
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 produced.
Bahamas Marriage Officiant
Your Bahamas Marriage Officiant is happy to include your personal marriage vows when performing your ceremony or renewal of vows. Sample wedding ceremonies can also be provided to help you with this process. Your ceremony may be performed by an Ordained Minister or a Justice of the Peace. The choice is yours.
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