Legal Requirements for Getting Married in the Bahamas
Allow least 2 days from arrival in the Bahamas to wedding date (1 day stay is required prior to applying for a marriage license that can be issued same day). We recommend giving yourself more time due to weekends, holidays or unexpected delays.
Necessary legal documents:
- Valid Passports
- Proof of date of arrival in Bahamas (i.e. plane tickets)
- All countries other than the USA: Certificate of No Impediment/Notarized certified declaration that each party is free to marry (obtained in your home country)
- Citizens of the USA only: Sworn certified declaration that each party is free to marry (obtained at US Embassy in the Bahamas )
- Divorce decree or death certificates, if applicable
Legal requirements to get married:
- Ceremony (Civil/Religious)
Civil and religious wedding ceremonies are legally recognized weddings preformed in the Bahamas.
- Age and Relation
The bride and groom must be at least 18 years of age. They cannot be related by blood, marriage or adoption.
Two witnesses over 18 years of age must be present for the ceremony and provide their passports.
Take all paperwork (in person, both parties) to the Registrar’s Office in the Bahamas. You must stay in the Bahamas for one day prior to going to the Registrar’s office to apply for a Marriage License. It usually can be issued the same day and is valid for 3 months.
If you plan to marry on one of the Family Islands, there is no need to come to the Registrar’s Office in Nassau. Take all paperwork to the Commissioner’s Office on that island to apply for a Marriage License.
*A Certificate of No Impediment, is also known as a Single Status Affidavit, Single Status Statutory Declaration, Certificate of No Record, a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage, Certificate of Nulla Osta or a Certificate de coutume (plus an MP2A form).
Note: This information can change at any given moment. For up-to-date information, contact your embassy in the country in which you plan to marry.
We invite you to contact us with any new information. Be sure to note, “Update Marriage Requirements in the Bahamas” in the subject line.