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).
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)