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Legal Requirements

Before you plan to say, “I do” in The Bahamas, you should first ask, “Are there any legal requirements I need to know about?” to ensure you can get hitched in Nassau Paradise Island without a hitch!

In particular, Bahamian law requires that a couple must reside in the Bahamas for 24 hours prior to applying for an application for a Bahamian marriage license. The license is then valid for 90 days. To find out more about applying for a marriage license in The Bahamas, check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Bahamian Laws

While life doesn’t get any more carefree than it does in Nassau Paradise Island, there are still a few Bahamian laws to consider.

  • Both parties must be in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas at the time of application.
  • If you are a minor under 18 years of age, you must have written parental consent. Consent forms can be obtained from the Registrar General’s office.
  • If you are divorced, you must produce an original final divorce decree or a certified copy with a raised or color seal.
  • If you are widowed, you must produce a death certificate for the deceased spouse.
  • If you are a U.S. citizen or resident that has never been married, you must complete a sworn declaration before a Bahamian Notary Public or a U.S. Consul at the American Embassy in Nassau for a fee of $55. Please note, the U.S. Embassy is closed on American and Bahamian holidays.
  • If you are an unmarried citizen or resident of a country other than the United States, you must furnish a sworn declaration before a Notary Public or other person authorized to administer oaths in your country and this document must accompany the marriage license application. A declaration may also be obtained at a Notary Public in Nassau.
  • You must provide government-issued photo identification from your country of residence, i.e. a passport.
  • No blood test is necessary.
  • You must provide evidence of your arrival date to The Bahamas, such as an airline ticket or immigration card.
  • The fee for a marriage license is $120 (includes one certified copy of the marriage certificate)