Frequently Asked Questions

Requirements For Obtaining A Marriage Licence In The Bahamas

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1. Both parties must be in The Commonwealth of the Bahamas at the time of the application.

 

2. Persons wishing to be married in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas may do so after one day. That is to say, if a couple arrives in The Bahamas on Monday, they can apply at the Registrar General's Office on Tuesday to obtain a Marriage Licence. They can be married on the same day.

 

3. If either party has been divorced, the original final decree or a certified copy must be produced. If either party is widowed, proof of the deceased spouse must be produced. Suppose either party is unmarried, being a citizen or resident of the U.S.A. In that case, a declaration certifying this fact must be sworn before a U.S. Consul at the American Embassy in Nassau, The Bahamas.

 

4. If either party is unmarried, being 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 person authorized to administer oaths in that country. This document must accompany the application for the Marriage Licence.

 

5. The parties must produce some form of identification that has a photograph attached. The identification document must have been issued by a Government Office in the country where the parties reside.

 

6. The parties must produce evidence of the date of their arrival in The Bahamas.

 

7. Persons desirous of being married in a Family Island (any island outside of New Providence) can obtain a Marriage Licence at the Commissioner's Office on that island and need not come to Nassau.

 

8. No blood test is necessary.

 

9. The marriage licence fee is $100.00.

 

Note: Marriage Licences are issued at the office of the Registrar General in New Providence. This office is open to the public Monday through Friday between 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m and is closed on all Bahamian Holidays.