REQUIREMENTS FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENCE IN BARBADOS
Application for a marriage licence must be made by BOTH (male and female) persons at the office of the Ministry of Home Affairs. The marriage licence is valid for three (3) months only; therefore, couples can get married within three (3) months from the time they receive their marriage licences.
All couples are advised to peruse the information contained in this document and to make certain that they satisfy all the requirements for getting married in Barbados prior to making the actual application for a marriage licence.
Documents required for obtaining a Marriage Licence:
*A Notary Public is a person authorized to perform certain legal formalities, especially to draw up or certify contracts, deeds, and other documents for use in other jurisdictions.
- the date and time of the wedding
- the names of the parties to be married
- the place of the ceremony
- an original signature of the official performing the wedding
Persons who have been granted Barbadian citizenship either by descent or registration, immigration status or permanent residence, are required to produce the original and valid documents issued by the Immigration Department of Barbados or passports in which the relevant information has been stamped.
Non-nationals who have been granted work permits must produce the passport showing that a work permit was issued to them, or the relevant document issued by the Immigration Department. The application form or receipt will not be accepted.
Please note that a work permit does not confer permanent status and should be valid at the time of application.
Note also that a marriage licence will not be issued for a date, which is beyond the expiry date of any visitor's stay or work permit in Barbados.
N.B. All documents (except passports and identification cards) not in English must be accompanied by an English translation that is certified by an authorized Notary Public (NOT a Justice of the Peace).
MARRIAGE OF MINORS
Persons under the age of sixteen (16) years cannot be legally married in Barbados. Regarding consent required for marriage of a minor between sixteen (16) and eighteen (18) years, the following stipulations should be noted:-
If none of the foregoing options is possible, a Judge in Barbados may in his discretion on application being made to him may make an order to dispense with consent required for the marriage of the minor.
Persons eighteen (18) years of age and older do not require parental consent.
The $10.00 and $25.00 stamps are supplied by this Ministry at the time of application.
Arrangements should be made with a Marriage Officer (a Minister of Religion or a Magistrate who is authorized to perform wedding ceremonies in Barbados) prior to applying for a Marriage Licence. As was previously mentioned under 'Requirements' the couple must submit correspondence from the Marriage Officer who has consented to perform the wedding ceremony. One of the ways in which persons from abroad can obtain the services of a Marriage Officer resident on this island (a Minister of Religion) is to call the number of any of the churches operating in Barbados or the Supreme Court ( for a Magistrate). Please see contact information related to acquiring the services of a Magistrate, below.
This Ministry is not authorized to arrange or execute weddings. However, many hotels in Barbados have their own Wedding Planners/Coordinators. It is therefore advisable to contact the hotel (if staying at one) to obtain the services of its Wedding Planner. If staying elsewhere, please contact the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) at (246) 535-3700, for the relevant assistance.
A non-resident Minister of Religion (who must also be a registered Marriage Officer, in the jurisdiction where he is currently serving), who has been requested to solemnize a marriage in Barbados, may, after satisfactorily fulfilling all of the necessary criteria be appointed as a temporary Marriage Officer of Barbados. Information outlining this procedure can be obtained by contacting the Ministry of Home Affairs. A marriage may be solemnized shortly after the issue of the licence.
MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS OFFICE HOURS
Applications for marriage licences can be done between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. from Mondays to Fridays or the form can be downloaded, completed and brought along with your other documents to the Ministry. Special arrangements maybe made for weekends and public holidays. In such instances an additional fee of BDS $100.00 / USD $50.00 will apply. The offices are closed on weekends and public holidays.
All persons conducting business in the Marriage Licensing Office of the Ministry of Home Affairs should be appropriately attired. Therefore, your co-operation in complying with the below dress code is appreciated.
A copy of the marriage certificate can be obtained from the Registration Department. The address is:
The Registrar of the Supreme Court
White Park Road
Telephone No.: (246) 535-7260
Fax No.: (246) 426-2405
REGISTRATION DEPARTMENT'S OFFICE HOURS
Office Hours: Mondays to Fridays 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
(Magistrate to perform ceremony)
Nationals - outside the precincts of the court is $125.00 Barbados Dollars or within the court $100.00 Barbados Dollars.
Non-Nationals - outside the precincts of the court is $350.00 Barbados Dollars or within the court is $250.00 Barbados Dollars.
Marriage Certificate Fees
Nationals - $10.00
Non-nationals - $20.00
It is strongly advised that non-nationals and persons that intend to live/transact any legal business abroad obtain an apostille. A fee of $50.00 is charged by the Registration Department.