Bahamas Marriage License

A Bahamas Marriage License is a Legal Requirement for an Elopement
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 Bahamas Marriage License



What are the requirements to get married in The Bahamas?

Want to know how to get married in The Bahamas? Well, a Bahamas Marriage License is one of the legal requirements for anyone wishing to have an elopement or wedding in The Bahamas. And only a Bahamian marriage license issued by The Commonwealth of The Bahamas Government Registrar General’s Office, Marriages Department in Nassau and Paradise Island and Freeport, Grand Bahama, or at The Government Administrator's office in any of the islands is legally recognized for getting married in The Bahamas and issuance of a Bahamas Marriage Certificate.

A Bahamas marriage license is valid for three months and is only issued once both parties are in the country, so you would have to have your destination wedding within that time.

Marriage License in The Bahamas

So just how do you get a marriage license in The Bahamas? Simply call or WhatsApp 1-(242)-395-8495 to let our Licensed Bahamas Marriage Officer and Wedding Officiant, Glenn Ferguson, help you with getting your marriage license in The Bahamas in 2 simple steps.

Glenn will help you with all of the legal requirements for marriage in The Bahamas, to ensure that your marriage is recognized anywhere you happen to live in the world. Including helping with getting an Apostille Certified Bahamas Marriage Certificate after your marriage.  

Check out Priority Bahamas Marriage License Application Service 

Bahamas Marriage License Eligibility 

The legal age of marriage in The Bahamas is 18 years but if you are under this age, parental consent forms are available for your parents to consent to the marriage. And you must be either single, divorced, or widowed to get married in The Bahamas and the following documents are needed...

  • If divorced then the document you will need to get a marriage license in The Bahamas, is the original copy of your "Divorce Decree Absolute" with a raised seal or color stamp, authenticating it as a legal document.
  • If widowed, then you will need the original death certificate of your deceased spouse.
  • If you are single and have never been married before then to get a marriage license in The Bahamas you would have to swear an affidavit of single-hood before a justice of the peace, marriage officer, or person authorized to complete the affidavit.
  • A birth certificate is not required for marriage licenses if you have a valid passport.

Watch the video below for information on obtaining a marriage license in The Bahamas and eligibility for weddings on your Bahamas vacation.

Bahamas Marriage License Application Process for Getting Married in Bahamas

  1. Complete a Bahamas Marriage License Application form, including having it notarized by a Bahamas Licensed Marriage Officer, then submit this form to the Marriage Registration Section of the Registrar General’s Department.
  2. Present a valid picture ID. A picture ID may take the form of a driver’s license or a valid passport.
  3. Participate in an interview if required:
    1. A Bahamian marrying another Bahamian is not required to be interviewed and the person performing the ceremony can sign the declaration.
    2. A Bahamian marrying a non-Bahamian must be interviewed by the Registrar General. The Registrar has to sign the declaration in this instance.
  4. Non-Bahamian applicants are interviewed by either the Registrars or any of the five designated Marriage Officers.
  5. Once approved, a license is issued after payment of the $100.00 application fee. And to get a certified copy of your Bahamas marriage certificate after the wedding ceremony is $20.00.

How long is a marriage license good for in The Bahamas?

In The Bahamas, a marriage license is valid for three months from the date of issuance. This means that the marriage ceremony must take place within three months of the date the license was issued, otherwise, a new license must be obtained.

Is a Bahamas marriage license legal in the US?

While a marriage license obtained in the Bahamas is only valid for a wedding in The Bahamas, the marriage is valid in the United States as long as the marriage was performed in accordance with the laws of The Bahamas. And the Certified Bahamas Marriage Certificate issued after the wedding by the Registrar General's Office (Bahamas) is proof of a legal wedding in The Bahamas and is accepted in the US as valid.  

Do you need a blood test to get married in The Bahamas?

No, in The Bahamas, blood tests are not a requirement for getting married. However, there are some other requirements that must be met before a marriage can take place. Both parties must be at least 18 years of age and have valid government-issued identification. If either party has been previously married, they must provide proof of the termination of that marriage, such as a divorce decree or a death certificate. Additionally, both parties must be present and apply for a marriage license, which can be obtained from the Registrar General's Department in Nassau Bahamas.

Step-by-Step Guide for Obtaining a Bahamas Marriage License

If you're planning on getting married in the Bahamas, obtaining a marriage license is a straightforward process. However, there are a few requirements and steps you need to follow. In this article, we'll walk you through the process step by step.

  1. Residency requirement: To apply for a marriage license in the Bahamas, both parties must be present in the country for at least 24 hours before submitting the application. This is to meet the residency requirement of the marriage laws in The Bahamas.
  2. Proof of identification: You will need to provide valid passports and birth certificates as proof of identification. If either party was previously married, you'll need to provide documentation for name changes, divorce decrees, or death certificates of previous spouses.
  3. Affidavit of Singlehood: If either party has never been married then the marriage laws in The Bahamas, requires that a declaration be made in an affidavit of singlehood in The Bahamas.
  4. Complete Bahamas Marriage License Application: Fill out the Bahamas marriage license application including declaration, which is a sworn statement that states there are no legal impediments to your marriage and must be notarized by a Bahamas Justice of the Peace of License Bahamas Marriage Officer. You can obtain your Bahamas Marriage License application form online or from the Registrar General's Office.
  5. Fees: Pay the required fees of $100.00 for your Bahamas marriage license. 
  6. Waiting period: After submitting your marriage license application, there is a one-business-day turnaround period. So you should be able to pick up your marriage license the next day.
  7. Marriage ceremony: With the license in hand, you can proceed with your wedding ceremony. Keep in mind that a Bahamian-licensed marriage officer must perform the ceremony, and two witnesses 18 years of age must be present.
  8. Bahamas Marriage certificate: After the ceremony, the marriage officer will submit the necessary documents to the Registrar General's Office to register your marriage in The Bahamas and to obtain your certified Bahamas marriage certificate reflecting your official marriage in The Bahamas. 

It's important to note that it's always a good idea to consult with a licensed Bahamas Marriage Officer or contact the Registrar General's Office directly for the most up-to-date requirements and procedures. By following these steps, you'll be on your way to a beautiful and legal wedding in the Bahamas.

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Glenn is a Licensed Bahamas Marriage Officer and Officiant and can help with all of the services need to get a marriage license in The Bahamas.


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