Bahamas Marriage Requirements
Here is how:
You both must spend one day in Bahamas prior to submitting your application for a marriage license.
Fill out application for license at registers office.
Pay nominal fee of $100.00, license valid 3 months (no blood test required)
Both parties must be in Bahamas when making application for license.
Imagine your wedding on a tropical island in the mist of beautiful hibiscus, bougainvillaea, palm trees, white sand beaches, friendly nationals and beautiful weather.
If either party is a minor under 18 years of age, parental consent is required. Obtain forms from Register General's office
If either party ever divorced, a certified (certified documents must bear a raised seal from the court) or original final decree must be produced
If either party is widowed, the death certificate of deceased spouse must be produced
If any unmarried party is a resident of a country other than the US, a declaration certifying to the unmarried status must be sworn to before a Notary Public or other person authorized to administer oaths in the country of residence. The wording of these affidavits is very particular so it is wise to inquire prior to paying to have this affidavit prepared prior to your arrival in the Bahamas. This may also be prepared by an attorney or Notary Public in the Bahamas as well as many ministers will assist you in preparing same. Price is $40.00 each.
Photo ID issued from a government office from country of residence must be produced
Evidence of arrival in Bahamas must be produced; the Bahamas Immigration embarkation card will do
It is recommended that the couple get a Certified copy of their marriage certificate from the Registrar Generals office before they leave the island. This can be mailed if time is a problem but it takes a while and lots of times has to be sent a few times in order for the couple to actually receive it. This is what they need for the bride to change their name and for other legal documents when they get home so it's better to get a copy or two leaving the island. Cost for this is $20 per copy.
This has been provided as an over view and those seriously interested in taking their vows in The Bahamas should make further inquiry at the Register's Offices on the various islands. In Freeport, Grand Bahama Island you may reach them at The Assistant Registrar General of The Bahamas, P.O. Box F-42602, Freeport, Grand Bahamas, Bahamas. Telephone 242-352-4934/7 or Fax 242-352-4060. Please note that there are further requirements for couples traveling from certain countries, such as Japan to wed in the Bahamas. Do be sure and ask about all details.