Weddings in the Bahamas
The couple must be in the Bahamas at the time of the application for the marriage license.
Marriage licenses are issued at the office of the Registrar General in Nassau. This office is open to the public Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
A Bahamian-issued marriage license is valid for 90 days for those visiting the Bahamas prior to the wedding and seeking early application.
If either party has been divorced, the original final decree or a certified copy (with a raised or colored seal) must be produced.
If either party is widowed, the death certificate of the deceased spouse must be produced.
If either party has never been married before, a declaration certifying this fact must be sworn before a U.S. Consul at the American Embassy, Nassau, Bahamas, or before a Bahamian Notary Public. (Please note, the U.S. Embassy is closed on American and Bahamian holidays.)
Photo ID is required. Both parties must produce a valid passport, birth certificate and photo ID, such as a driver’s license.
The couple must produce evidence of the date of their arrival in the islands of the Bahamas (i.e., entry stamp on passport, immigration card.)
No blood test is necessary.
The fee for a marriage license is $120 inclusive of one certified copy of a marriage certificate.
The couple must be The Bahamas for 24 hours prior to the date of the application for a marriage license, and the application can only be made on a business day. However, your resort may have different residency requirements – contact your wedding coordinator for more information.
The Vacation Hut makes every effort to keep the travel information up to date on this website, however, resorts, wedding packages and laws do change and so we cannot guarantee that all information regarding rules, regulations, and marriage requirements at particular sites are completely accurate at the time of viewing. Before making marriage decisions on a particular destination, we highly recommend you speak with your specialist or wedding coordinator to verify rules at a particular destination before finalizing your travel plans.