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Legal Requirements For Getting Married In The Islands Of The Bahamas


The couple must be in The Islands of the Bahamas at the time of application for the marriage license.  If you arrive by cruise ship, you will be required to obtain a letter from the ship’s purser 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.

Marriage licenses and certificates are issued by the office of the Registrar general in Nassau.  This office is open to the public Monday through Friday between the house of 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Telephone 242-323-0594.

The legal documentation required includes the following:

Both parties must produce a valid passport, birth certificate and photo I.D. They must also produce evidence of the date of their arrival in the Bahamas. The Bahamas immigration card or entry stamp on the passport will suffice.

Minors (under 18 years of age) 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 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 produced.

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

No blood test is necessary.

Two witnesses, who are at least 18 years of age, must sign the marriage license. Witnesses can be provided if the couple is traveling alone.

In the Bahamas, an Apostille (a special seal) is applied to the marriage certificate by the relevant authority to certify that the document is a true copy of the original. The Apostille can be made available within thirty days of the request.

Couples wishing to be married on The Out Islands (any island outside of New Providence and Grand Bahama) can obtain a Marriage License art the Administrator’s Office on that island.