The Weddings and Honeymoon Unit of the Ministry
of Tourism offers services to assist you in organizing your own
ceremony or, by acting as a facilitator between you and on-island
wedding consultants, help you to plan any type of wedding.
Requirements for obtaining a Marriage Licence
in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas:
APPLICATION FOR LICENCE
The couple must be in The Bahamas at the time of application for
the marriage license.
Couples may apply a day after their arrival and can be married once
they receive their approved license the day after application.
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.
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.
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 (under 18 years) may be married with both parents' consent.
Consent forms for minors are available at the Registrar General's
MARRYING IN THE OUT ISLANDS
Persons desirous of being married in the Out Islands (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.
The fee for the license is $100; certified copies of a marriage
certificate are $20.
As you will see, you can marry on one island, honeymoon on another,
island-hop to a third for a diversity of island memories as no two
islands are alike.
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