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Marriage licenses are issued at the offices of the Registrar General in Nassau, New Providence, which is open Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Telephone (242) 322-3316.

The fee for the license is $100.00; no blood test is necessary.

Both parties must be in The Islands of The Bahamas at the time of the application.

One party must have resided in The Islands of The Bahamas for not less than 24 hours prior to the date of the application, but the Registrar General has the discretion, on good cause shown, to waive this residential requirement. A waiver will not normally be granted unless one party has resided in The Bahamas for one day. The application for the waiver may be made at the same time as the application for the license or may be obtained on written application prior to arrival.

The parties must produce evidence of the date of their arrival in The Bahamas. The Registrar General shall be entitled to insist upon such proof of residence as he deems necessary. For wedding on Nassau and The Out Islands contact the Registrar General in Nassau at (242) 322 - 3316. For weddings on Grand Bahama Island call (242) 352 - 4934

For weekend marriages, persons arriving on Thursday may then be married on Saturday the third day; persons arriving on Friday may be married on Sunday. Officers will be available both in Nassau and Freeport to perform weekend weddings.

If either party is a minor (a person under the age of 18 years), parental consent is required. Forms of consent may be obtained from the Registrar General's office.

If either party has been divorced, the original final decree or a certified copy must be produced.

If either party is widowed, the death certificate of the deceased spouse must be produced.

If either party is unmarried, being a citizen of the US, a declaration certifying this fact must be sworn before a US Consul at the American Embassy in Nassau. Telephone (242) 322-1181.

If either party is unmarried, being a citizen or resident of a country other than the US, a declaration certifying this fact must be sworn before a Notary Public or other person authorized to administer oaths in that country and must accompany the application for the marriage license.

The parties must produce some form of identification which has a photograph attached. The identification document must have been issued by a Government Office in the country where the parties reside.

Persons desirous of being married in any island outside of Nassau/Paradise Island can obtain a marriage license at the Commissioner's Office on that island and need not come to Nassau.

Call 1-888-NUPTIAL (1-888-687-8425) to receive a free brochure about weddings and honeymoons in The Islands Of The Bahamas.

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For a Roman Catholic service, you are required to complete a 6 week preparation class, which you can do in your hometown.

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