Getting Married in The Bahamas

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10 Commonly Asked Questions About Getting Married in the Bahamas

What You Need to Know to Get Legally Married in The Bahamas
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Legal Requirements for marriages in The Bahamas

 

Getting Married in The Bahamas

How to get married in The Bahamas? No matter if your wedding in the Bahamas is a cruise wedding, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar wedding, beach wedding, casual or formal wedding, here are the answers to 10 Commonly Asked Questions About Getting Married in The Bahamas including the legal Bahamas wedding requirements and tips to make your marriage in The Bahamas legal anywhere in the world. 

 

This is a must-read before a Bahamas wedding or elopement and if you just want to know about getting married in The Bahamas (marriages in The Bahamas).

 

While I have answered the most frequently asked questions about getting married in Bahamas, you can ask any questions you may have about a wedding in the Bahamas by using my Ask Glenn page and I will get you the answer you need to get married in The Bahamas.

 

So Can you get married in The Bahamas? Yes, you can get married in The Bahamas, continue reading to find out how...

 

  1. What are the legal requirements for having an elopement or wedding in the Bahamas?
  • Anyone wishing to have a wedding in the Bahamas must first request a Bahamas marriage license from the Registrar General's Department (Bahamas). As it is required for getting married in The Bahamas. And a Bahamas marriage license is valid for three months. After a marriage has taken place, a Marriage Duplicate Register (Form No. 9) is sent to the Registry by the Marriage Officer as quickly as possible. From this document certified Bahamas marriage certificates are issued.
  • The legal age of marriage in the Bahamas is eighteen (18).
  • Both parties must be in The Bahamas at the time of the application.
  • The Bahamas Law states that the couple must be resident in The Bahamas for 24 hours prior to the date of the application. A Bahamian-issued marriage license is valid for 90 days for those seeking early application. You can write Marriages, Registrar General’s Office prior to your arrival at: P.O. Box H-532, Nassau, Bahamas, or fax to 242-323-7908.
  • If either party is a minor (a person under 18 years of age), an affidavit of parental consent is required. Forms of consent may be obtained from the Registrar General’s office.
  • If either party has been divorced, the original final decree or a certified copy (with a raised or colored seal) must be produced. For European residents, the original decree or a certified copy (with a raised or colored seal) must be produced in the native language along with a translated certified or notarized copy in English.
  • If either party is widowed, the death certificate of the deceased spouse must be produced.
  • If either party is unmarried, for a citizen or resident of the U.S.A., a declaration certifying this fact must be sworn before a U.S. Consul at the American Embassy, Nassau, Bahamas, for a fee of $75, a Bahamian Notary Public or Justice of the Peace (JP). (Please note, the U.S. Embassy is closed on American and Bahamian holidays).
  • * If either applicant is Bahamian and aged forty (40) years or older and single, a mandatory search is necessary. A minimum period of two (2) weeks is necessary for the search. A license will be issued after the search is completed. However, this rule does not apply to non-Bahamians getting married in the Bahamas.
  • If either party is unmarried and is a citizen or resident of a country other than the U.S.A., a declaration certifying this fact must be sworn before a Notary Public or other person authorized to administer oaths in that country and must accompany the application for the marriage license. The said declaration may also be obtained at a Notary Public or Justice of the Peace (JP) in Nassau.

The parties must produce either:-

  • a valid passport (stamped by The Bahamas Immigration to show the date of entry into the country) or
  • a valid driver’s license (with photo) plus a certified copy of your birth certificate plus a stamped immigration card from Bahamas Immigration (you receive this when you enter The Bahamas).
  • A passport is required for persons who are residents of a Commonwealth country.
  • The parties must produce evidence of the date of their arrival in The Islands Of The Bahamas (i.e., airline ticket, immigration card).

Persons desirous of being married on a Family Island (any island outside of New Providence or Grand Bahama) can obtain the Marriage License at the Commissioner’s Office on that Island and need not come to New Providence or Grand Bahama. Initial inquiries can be made at this office.

 

No blood test is necessary to get married in The Bahamas.

  • The fee for a marriage license is $100.00.
  • The Fee for a Certified Copy of the Marriage Certificate is $20.00

NOTE: Marriage licenses are issued at the Marriage Office of the Registrar General located on the 2nd Floor at Shirley House, Fifty (50) Shirley Street in Nassau, which is open to the public Monday to Friday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Closed on weekends and Bahamian Public Holidays.)

Registrar General

P. O. Box N- 532

Nassau, The Bahamas

Tel: 242-397-9113

Fax: 242-323-7908

 

2. What is the process for securing my Bahamas Marriage License?

  • You have to be on the island for 24 hours before applying for a Bahamas marriage license to get married in Bahamas.
  • You then visit the Marriages Department of the Registrar General’s Office on the 2nd Floor of Shirley House at Fifty (50) Shirley Street to make an application for your Bahamas marriage license.
  • The standard processing time is two-day and requires you to visit the office two times. Your first trip to the registrar’s office is to submit your application with supporting documentation including affidavits. The office will collect your documents and make photocopies of your passport & immigration cards.
  • You will then be required to pay the $100.00 application fee for your Bahamas marriage license (the cashier is located on the next floor). 
  • You may also prepay the $20.00 for a certified copy marriage certificate.
  • You then bring the pink cashier receipt (for the marriage license) to the office personnel who collected your passports.
  • You will then ask to return the next day to pick up your marriage license.
  • You will need affidavits (it is mandatory for anyone who has never been married) to accompany your Bahamas marriage license application. We can provide these affidavits for you, just complete the Information for Affidavit form or Call or WhatsApp 1-242-395-8495
  • You can also speed up the processing of your application by using our convenient Priority Bahamas Marriage License Application Service

 

3. How do I locate the Registrar General’s Office?

  • The Marriage Office of the Registrar General is located 2nd Floor of Shirley House at Fifty (50) Shirley Street in Nassau.
  • Tel: (242) 397-9113
  • You can also speed up the process of your application by using our convenient Priority Bahamas Marriage License Application Service

 

4. What if I arrive for my Bahamas wedding via cruise ship?

  • You need to be in the Bahamas for 24 hours before being eligible to apply for a marriage license for your Bahamas wedding. However, exceptions are made for cruise ship passengers, once you obtain a letter from the ship’s purser, stating when the ship came into Bahamian waters, and you bring your ship ID along with you to the Registrar General’s Office.
  • It is also helpful to write a letter to The Registrar General’s Office, stating your intention to get married in the Bahamas. Include your time of arrival and cruise ship details.
  • You can also speed up the process of your application by using our convenient Priority Bahamas Marriage License Application Service

5. Is it true that you have to get married before sunset in The Bahamas?

  • Yes, this is true. For your marriage in the Bahamas to be valid, it must take place before sunset. If you would like to find out what time the sun will set on your Bahamas wedding day, check here.

6. Would I be able to use my marriage license from my country?

  • No, only a Bahamian marriage license is legally recognized when getting married in the Bahamas. As a Bahamas Marriage License, it is the only document that provides authorization for a wedding in the Bahamas. And after your wedding, you will be issued a certified Bahamas Marriage Certificate, signifying that you were legally married in The Bahamas

7. Will a Bahamian marriage license be legal in my country?

  • Yes, The Bahamas Marriage License is a legal document issued by the Bahamas government and is needed for legal weddings in The Bahamas. Once you are married you will get a Certified Bahamas Marriage Certificate, which authenticates that you have been married in The Bahamas and your wedding in The Bahamas is legal. This certificate is accepted and legal in any country in the world. 

8. What if I hire a Bahamas Wedding Planner?

  • You will find that there is a cadre of professional Bahamas wedding planners, including our WPIC, certified, Bahamas Wedding Planners that are available to help you plan your wedding in the Bahamas. 
  • While most wedding planners offer wedding packages inclusive of a wedding minister, our officiant, Glenn Ferguson (Marriage Officer Bahamas), can work with any planner you choose. However, the fee paid by your wedding planner may only apply to him performing your wedding ceremony and may not include collaboration in planning your ceremony.
  • You can contract our officiant services in addition to your Bahamas wedding planner, once you let them know that you have secured our services and that you will be paying us directly.

9. Can my pastor, priest, or rabbi perform my wedding ceremony in the Bahamas?

  • No, your pastor, priest, or rabbi will not be able to perform your wedding ceremony in the Bahamas. They may assist in the ceremony but a Licensed Bahamas Marriage Officer will have to handle the signing of the legal documents and will have to declare you as husband and wife at the ceremony.

10. Can I get married on the weekend?

  • Yes, you can get married on any day you choose including Saturday and Sunday, provided you have made an application and received a marriage license. Application for your marriage license can be made during the working days of Monday thru Friday.

Let us know if there are any other questions you have about getting married in The Bahamas and we will help you to make your dream wedding in the Bahamas possible. Simply ASK Glenn

 

 

Getting Married in Bahamas

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Wondering How to Get married in The Bahamas? It may surprise you to learn that getting married in The Bahamas is a really simple process and we have included all the services needed to get legally married in The Bahamas in this one-of-a-kind Priority Bahamas Marriage License Application Service, that removes all the stress and concerns about legally having your wedding in The Bahamas while satisfying all the marriage laws in The Bahamas

So if you are planning an elopement or wedding, call or WhatsApp 1-(242)-395-8495 to let our Bahamas Marriage Laws Specialist and Marriage Officer, Glenn Ferguson help you with getting married in Bahamas.

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Bahamas Wedding Requirements

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Bahamas Wedding Requirements

Need help with Bahamas wedding requirements? Call or WhatsApp 1-(242)-395-8495 to let our marriage in The Bahamas specialist and marriage officer, Glenn Ferguson help you with all of the requirements needed to get legally married in The Bahamas.  Glenn's in-depth knowledge of The Bahamas marriage laws will help you easily navigate the process of planning a legal wedding in The Bahamas, while ensuring that your wedding is legal anywhere you may live in the world.

Whether it is a Grand Hyatt Baha Mar wedding, Atlantis Bahamas wedding, wedding at Old Fort Bay Club, Sandals Bahamas wedding, Albany Bahamas wedding, Glenn can help you with all your Bahamas wedding requirements need. 

Marriage license in The Bahamas

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Marriage License in The Bahamas

If you are looking to get married in The Bahamas then you will need to get your marriage license in The Bahamas. It is required by the marriage laws in The Bahamas, that all legal marriages in The Bahamas must have a license issued by the Registrar General's Department of The Bahamas to persons who are residents in The Bahamas at the time of the Bahamas Marriage License Application. Therefore, you must satisfy the 24-hour residency requirement in order to apply for your marriage license.

What do you need to get a marriage license in The Bahamas?

To get a marriage license in the Bahamas, you must provide the following:

  1. Passport or government-issued ID for both partners
  2. Proof of citizenship and residency in The Bahamas for at least 24 hours
  3. Proof of marital status (e.g. divorce decree or death certificate or affidavit of singlehood)
  4. Payment of the required license fee of $100.00

How long does it take to get to get a marriage license in The Bahamas?

Once you have met all of the legal requirements to get married in The Bahamas, your can expect to receive your marriage license within 24 hours. You can also use our Priority Bahamas Marriage License Application Service to fast-track your application process and get your Bahamas Marriage License within one (1) Hour.

How do I get a marriage license in Nassau Bahamas?

And if you are looking to get your marriage license in Nassau Bahamas, then our exclusive Priority Bahamas Marriage License Application Service can help.  As it not only provides the guidance and help needed to complete the required paperwork but also arranges and accompanies you to the marriage license application interview. And most time can help you to fast-track the process and get your Bahamas Marriage License within one (1) hour. 

Requirements to Get Married in The Bahamas

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What is needed to get married in Bahamas? According to The Bahamas' marriage laws, here are the requirements to get married in the Bahamas:

  1. Passport or government-issued photo ID from your country of residence
  2. Proof of citizenship (birth certificate or passport)
  3. Proof of residency (if not a resident of the Bahamas)
  4. Divorce decrees (if applicable)
  5. Affidavit of Single-hood if you have never been married. 
  6. Death certificate of a former spouse (if applicable)
  7. Parental consent for individuals under the age of 18
  8. A Bahamas Marriage License, issued by the Registrar General's office (Bahamas)
  9. A minimum stay of 24 hours on the island before the wedding ceremony

Call or Whatsapp 1-(242)-395-8495 or Simply Click ASK Glenn for the most up-to-date information and to confirm all requirements to get married in The Bahamas.

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