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Bahamas - Marriage Officer Licence

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Following are Marriage Officers by virtue of their appointment: The Registrar General, the Deputy Registrar, Assistant Registrar, Family Island Administrators or Commissioners, and Supreme Court Magistrates.

Other persons wishing to become marriage officers are required to obtain a marriage officer’s licence. This procedure provides you information about how to obtain the said licence.


Applicants must:

  • have a theology degree.
  • be a pastor, assistant pastor or an associate pastor of a church.
  • be a Bahamian.
  • be 18 years or older.


  • Applicants possessing a theology degree are automatically recommended for appointment if they meet the other qualifications. As of the moment, only two officers per church are granted licences.
  • Applicants not having a theology degree will be required to study a “handout” based on the Marriage Act, write an examination and attain a score of at least 60%.

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Required Information

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1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.


  1. Complete an application form: A link is provided under 'Documents to Use' section which you can use to download the form.
  2. Submit required documents: Submit the completed form along with supporting documents to the Marriage Registry of the Registrar General’s Department.
  3. Approval of your application: In two to three days, the Registrar General’s Office will contact you about your application and the issuance of your licence.

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Required Documents

  • Completed application form.
  • A valid picture ID.
  • Two passport sized photos.


No application fee.


Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use

Application for a Marriage Officer's Licence

Sample Documents

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Processing Time

The amount of time it takes for a licence to be issued varies depending on the qualifications of the applicant.

Office Locations & Contacts

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

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


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

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Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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Other uses of the Document/Certificate

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External Links

The Government of The Bahamas


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