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Bahamas - Marriage Licence

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Introduction

If you are planning to get married in The Bahamas you must first request a marriage licence from the Registrar General’s Department. This procedure provides you information about how to obtain the said licence.

Eligibility

Anyone who wishes to be married in The Bahamas.

The legal age of marriage in The Bahamas is 18 years.

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Instructions

As of the moment, Marriage Licences can only be obtained from the Office of the Registrar General in New Providence and Grand Bahama.

Required Information

A list which displays the kind of information which is required to complete the procedure.
e.g.
1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.

Procedure

  1. Complete an application form: A link is provided under 'Documents to Use' section which you can use to download the form. Both applicants must complete the application form and be present at the Registrar General’s Department at the time of application for the marriage licence.
  2. Submit required documents:
    1. Submit the completed Marriage Licence application 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 licence or a passport.
    3. Divorcees/Widows/Widowers - Certified copies of final divorce decrees and certified copies of death certificates must be attached to the application if necessary.
    4. 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. This search may take up to two weeks.
    5. 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.
    6. If either person is under the age of 18 they require a Certificate of Consent to Marriage By A Minor (Section 19. Chapter 88).
  3. Interview: A Bahamian marrying another Bahamian is NOT required to be interviewed and the person performing the ceremony can sign the declaration. For the following cases an interview must be conducted:
    1. A Bahamian marrying a non-Bahamian must be interviewed by the Registrar General. The couple is interviewed separately to avoid facilitating a marriage of convenience. The Registrar has to sign the declaration in this instance.
    2. Non-Bahamian applicants are interviewed by either the Registrars or any of the five designated Marriage Officers.
  4. Issuance of the licence: Once approved, a licence is issued upon payment of the application fee.


Note: Marriage Officers - The Registrar General, the Deputy Registrar, Assistant Registrar, Family Island Administrators or Commissioners, and Supreme Court Magistrates are Marriage Officers by virtue of their appointment. Justices of the Peace are not Marriage Officers although there are certain Marriage Officers who are Justices of the Peace.

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Required Documents

  • Completed application form
  • Valid picture ID
  • Divorcees/Widows/Widowers - Certified copies of final divorce decrees and certified copies of death certificates must be attached to the application if necessary.
  • 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.
  • If either person is under the age of 18 they require a Certificate of Consent to Marriage By A Minor (Section 19. Chapter 88).

Fees

Application Fee: BS$100.00

Validity

The Marriage Licence is good for 90 days or three months.

Documents to Use

Sample Documents

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Processing Time

Upon completion of the application process, the marriage licence can be issued the same day or the next day depending on circumstances.

Office Locations & Contacts

Registrar General’s Department
Marriages Section
Cor. of Shirley and Charlotte Street
P.O. Box N 532
Nassau
New Providence
The Bahamas

Tel: (242) 397-9179/9113
Fax:(242) 322-5553

Email: Regbirth@bahamas.gov.bs
Email: RegistrarGeneral@bahamas.gov.bs

Opening Hours:
9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Monday to Friday, except on Public Holidays.

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Video

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0US7oR_t3M" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M". 
	

Information which might help

After the marriage ceremony: A Marriage Duplicate Register (Form No. 9) should be sent to the Registry by the Marriage Officer as soon as possible.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links

The Government of The Bahamas

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