With more than 1400 destination weddings in the Bahamas each year, I’m sure that there are a significant number of brides and grooms would like to know the requirements for having your wedding in the Bahamas. So here are the Bahamas wedding requirements.
The first requirement for having your wedding in the Bahamas is that you must have a “Marriage License” from the Bahamas Registrar General’s Office. And your Marriage License is valid for three months.
After a Bahamas wedding, a “Marriage Duplicate Register” (Form No. 9) is sent to the Registry by your Bahamas Wedding Officiant and from this document, certified copies of your Marriage Certificates are issued.
Here are the other Bahamas wedding requirements that you need to know:
- The legal age of marriage in the Bahamas is eighteen (18).
- Both parties must be in The Bahamas at the time of the application.
- The Bahamas Law states that the couple must be resident in The Bahamas for 24 hours prior to the date of the application.
- A Bahamian-issued marriage license is valid for 90 days for those seeking early application. You can write the Registrar General prior to your arrival at: P.O. Box N-532, Nassau, Bahamas, or fax to 242-325-8613.
- If either party is a minor (a person under 18 years of age), an affidavit of parental consent is required. Forms of consent may be obtained from the Registrar General’s office.
- If either party has been divorced, the original final decree or a certified copy (with a raised or colored seal) must be produced. For European residents, the original decree or a certified copy (with a raised or colored seal) must be produced in the native language along with a translated certified or notarized copy in English.
- If either party is widowed, the death certificate of the deceased spouse must be produced.
- If either party is unmarried, for a citizen or resident of the U.S.A., a declaration certifying this fact must be sworn before a U.S. Consul at the American Embassy, Nassau, Bahamas, for a fee of $55 (effective February 1st, 1998), or a Bahamian Notary Public. (Please note, the U.S. Embassy is closed on American and Bahamian holidays.)
- If either party is unmarried and is a citizen or resident of a country other than the U.S.A., a declaration certifying this fact must be sworn before a Notary Public or other person authorized to administer oaths in that country and must accompany the application for the marriage license. The said declaration may also be obtained at a Notary Public in Nassau.
- The parties must produce either a Valid passport (stamped by The Bahamas Immigration to show date of entry into country) or a valid driver’s license (with photo) plus a certified copy of your birth certificate plus a stamped immigration card from Bahamas Immigration (you receive this when you enter The Bahamas). A passport is required for persons who are residents of a Commonwealth country.
- The parties must produce evidence of the date of their arrival in The Islands Of The Bahamas (i.e., airline ticket, immigration card).
- Persons desirous of being married in a Family Island (any island outside of New Providence or Grand Bahama) can obtain the Marriage License at the Commissioner’s Office on that Island and need not come to New Providence or Grand Bahama. Initial inquiries can be made at this office.
- No blood test is necessary.
- The fee for a marriage license is $100.00.
There you have the requirements for your wedding in Bahamas. Looking forward to seeing you soon.
Glenn S. Ferguson is your Bahamas Wedding Officiant and wedding planner- Helping You To Create Your Memorable Bahamas Wedding. Just email any question you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org or call/WhatsApp – 1-242-395-8495
- * NOTE: Marriage licenses are issued at the Office of the Registrar General located at #50 Shirley Street in Nassau, which is open to the public Monday to Friday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (Closed on weekends and Bahamian Public Holidays.) To use our priority marriage license service call/WhatsApp 1-(242)-395-8495