Bahamas Marriage License
Of course there are rules to getting a marriage license in Bahamas.
Funny you should ask.
1. A couple must spend a minimum of 24 hours in the Bahamas before applying for a marriage license. Both parties must be present when applying and must show a passport stamp or immigration card as proof of when they arrived. (No Cheating!)
2. You must present a passport or a photo identification issued by an official entity, such as a driver’s license or state-issued photo ID.
3. Divorce, Widows and Widowers
If one of the partners getting married had once been divorced, or is a widow or widower, a copy of the final divorce decree (bearing a raised seal) or death certificate (original or certified copy) must be presented when applying for the marriage license. The documents are required no matter how much time has passed since the death or divorce took place.
4. Fees and documentation
The marriage license fee in the Bahamas is $100. Newly married couples can have a certified copy of their license mailed to the United States, but it is easier to just pick one up at the Registrar General’s Office. The certified copy is $20 and is essential for applying for a name change after returning home.
Couples must be at least 18 to obtain a
Bahamas marriage license
. Minors can receive a license if their parents or guardians sign a consent form available at the Registrar’s Office.
The Bahamas will not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
A few hoops to jump through but not overwhelming. I still think getting legally married close to where you live is the most practical thing but, hey, do what makes you happy.