Legal Requirements for Getting Married in the British Virgin Islands (BVI)
Allow at least 3-21 days from arrival in British Virgin Islands to wedding date to process paperwork (3 days to apply for a special marriage license or 15 days to apply for a marriage license and 3 consecutive Saturday’s or Sundays to publish wedding banns for a church wedding). We recommend giving yourself more time due to weekends, holidays or unexpected delays.
Legal documents to bring:
Please note that all documents must be submitted in English. Contact the British Embassy in your home country for an authorized translator. If your documents are translated, be prepared to submit the original copies in your native language for verification as well as the translated version.
- Certified copy of birth certificates
- Valid Passports
- Proof of arrival in British Virgin Islands (i.e. Airline Tickets or stamp on Passport)
- Divorce or death certificates, if applicable
Legal requirements to get married:
- Ceremony (Civil/Religious)
Civil and religious ceremonies are legally recognized on the British Virgin Islands. The ceremony is preformed in English. If either party does not speak English, an interpreter should be hired.
Note that couples planning to marry in a church are required to wait three consecutive Saturdays or Sundays while Wedding Banns are published. We recommend contacting your religious officiant of choice prior to traveling.
- Age and Relation
The bride and groom must be at least 18 years of age. Parental consent is required if underage. Bride and groom cannot be related by blood.
Two witnesses over 18 years of age, must be present for signing the marriage license application and the wedding ceremony.
Apply for a Special Marriage License from the Attorney General’s Office. You must have two witnesses present to sign the application. The marriage license is valid for 3 months. The marriage license takes 3 days to process. Set wedding date at least three days from turning in marriage application.
For a reduced fee, but a longer waiting period, you can opt for applying for a Marriage License from the Attorney General’s Office. You must have two witnesses present to sign the application. The marriage license is valid for 3 months. Fee required. The marriage license takes 15 days to process. Set wedding date at least 15 days from turning in marriage application.
Schedule the wedding date with the Registrar’s Office.
- The bride and groom will sign all the required documents at the ceremony. The bride and groom will be given the Certificate of Marriage from the religious officiate of their choice.
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 BVI” in the subject line.
- Tel: +284 494 3442/5650
- Fax: +284 494 2783
- Email: SBenn@gov.vg