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Form Title:

Marriage Licence Application

Description:

Anyone wishing to be married in the Bahamas must first request a license from the Registry.

The legal age of marriage in the Bahamas is eighteen (18).

A marriage license is valid for three months.

Prerequisite:

Non-Bahamians:
  • must prove that they have been in the Bahamas at least 24 hours.
  • They are required to present their Immigration cards as proof of entry.
  • Picture identification may take the form of a driver’s license accompanied with a birth certificate or a passport.
  • If divorced, Certified copies of final divorce decrees
  • If widowed, death certificates
  • Applicants are required to submit an affidavit of marital status. The affidavit must be sworn in the Bahamas. United Kingdom and Canada applicants may bring affidavits from their countries.

  • Attachments:

  • Widowers and divorcees see instructions below.
  • All persons must have proof of identification

  • Instructions:

    1.Both individuals must be present and complete the application form
    2.Provide proof of identity along with necessary documents
    3.Interview:
  • A Bahamian marrying another Bahamian is not required to be interviewed and the person performing the ceremony can sign the declaration.
  • A Bahamian marrying a non-Bahamian must be interviewed by the Registrar General. The Registrar has to sign the declaration in this instance.
  • Non-Bahamian applicants are interviewed by either the Registrars or any of the five designated Marriage Officers. Once approved, a license is issued with the applicable payment.
  • 4.If either person is under the age of 18 they require a Certificate of consent to Marriage By A Minor (Section 19. Chapter 88.)
    5.Divorcees. Certified copies of final divorce decrees and certified copies of death certificates must be attached to the application if necessary.
    6.Widower.Certified copy of the death certificate of the deceased spouce.
    7.Bahamians over the age of 40, who do not present a certified copy of a divorce decree or death certificate of a spouse, must wait for a search to be conducted of the records of marriage to ensure that they have not been married before. The search may take up to two week.
    8.A license is valid for three (3) months from the issued date.

    Fee:

    $100.00

    Form:


    FAQs

    Contact:

    REGISTRAR GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT
    SHIRLEY HOUSE
    50 SHIRLEY STREET, SHIRLEY & CHARLOTTE STREET
    P. O. Box N-532
    NASSAU, BAHAMAS
    registrargeneral@bahamas.gov.bs
    http://www.bahamas.gov.bs/rgd



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