Application for a Permanent Marriage Officer's Licence
Please be advised that the granting of
the Marriage Officer’s licence is not automatic upon the submission of the applicant’s
documents. It is also important to note
that the ordained Minister of Religion must be resident in Barbados and be
operating as a Minister/Imam at a registered church/mosque (for muslims) in Barbados.
Following the submission of the
application to this office, the applicant would be advised of his/her interview
date, in due course. In certain cases, the Chairman reserves the right on
behalf of the Committee to grant approval without the applicant appearing
before the Committee.
The meeting of the Marriage Officers’
Committee is mainly contingent on the amount of applicants for Marriage
Officers’ Licences. The MOC usually
interviews between ten and fifteen applicants, therefore there is no specified
date (for example, ‘February 9’ or ‘October 5’) for the convening of these
To apply for a Marriage Officer’s
licence, the newForm Aapplicationmust be collected
from our Registration Department, completed, andsubmitted to this Ministry (see relevant addresses below) along
original Ordination Document.
original Registration Document of the Church.
3. A letter from the church or religious
organization, endorsing the request. The Head/Superintendent of the church/organization,
Chairman of the Board of Trustees or of a major Standing Committee, or the Secretary
of the Church Board are all authorized to sign on behalf of the Church. If the applicant was ordained under another
organization, the letter of endorsement should indicate that the present church
recognises that ordination; and
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membership of the church or organization should be 50 or more. There must also be proof that the place of
worship is available to him/her for at least one year.
applicant’s national identification card should also be included on the Form A
application or presented at this office for copying.
On the Form A application, the applicant
must sign only in the area designated for his/her signature, while the Bishop,
Superintendent, or Head of denomination must sign on the dotted area provided
for him/her. If the Applicant is the
Bishop, Superintendent or Head, the form can be signed by the Chairman of the
Board of Trustees or of a major Standing Committee or the Secretary of the
is essential that the applicant for an appointment as a Marriage Officer, has a
sound knowledge of the Marriage Act, Cap. 218A of the Laws of Barbados.