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Frequently Asked Questions about Getting Married in The Out Islands of The Bahamas

Do I need a license to get married in the Out Islands of The Bahamas?

Yes, a Bahamian marriage license is required.

Is there a fee for the marriage license?

Yes, there is a fee of $100.00 payable to the Bahamas' Registrar General's Department.

Is a blood test required to get married in The Bahamas?

No, a blood test is not required to get married in the Out Islands of The Bahamas.

Would I be able to use my marriage license from my country?

No, only the Bahamian marriage license is legal in the islands of The Bahamas.

Can my Pastor perform the wedding ceremony?

No, however your Pastor may assist the local Pastor with your destination wedding ceremony.

Can I get married the same day as my arrival in the Out Islands of The Bahamas?

No, both parties must have resided in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas for not less than one day prior to the date of the application to get married.

Can I apply for a marriage license by mail?

No, both parties must be in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas at the time of the application to get married.

I would like to get married in the Family Islands, aka: Out Islands; do I need to come to Nassau for a marriage license?

No, you can obtain a marriage license at the Commissioner's office on that island.

Can I have my wedding ceremony on the weekend?

Yes, you can get married on Saturday or Sunday, provided you make application during the working days of Thursday or Friday.

Would my marriage license be legal in my country?

Yes, The Bahamas marriage license is a legal document issued by The Bahamas government.

How old does one have to be in order to get married in The Bahamas?

You must be at least 18 years old to be legally married in The Bahamas. Individuals under the age of 18 must have a written consent form signed by both living parents. (Obtain consent forms from the Registrar General’s office).

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