What process must
I go through in order to get married?
Persons wishing to be married must:
- Make arrangements with the Marriage Officer or Magistrate who they
wish to perform the marriage.
- The Marriage Officer or Clerk to the Magistrate provides the parties
to the marriage with a letter to be presented at the time when making
an application for a Marriage Licence.
Documents required for obtaining a Marriage Licence:
- An original or certified copy of applicants' birth certificate or
- Valid passport if the parties are non-resident Identification cards
- If either party was married previously and widowed, a certified
copy of the marriage certificate and death certificate in respect
of the deceased spouse.
- If either party was divorced, an original Decree Absolute or a certified
copy of Final Judgement. If the document is in a Foreign Language,
the document must be translated and certified by an authorised Notary
N.B. The Decree Nisi is not accepted.
- Persons who have been granted Barbadian citizenship – either
by descent or registration, immigrant status or permanent residence,
are required to produce the original document issued by the Immigration
Department of Barbados or the passport 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.
N. B. The application form or receipt is not
accepted. A marriage licence cannot be issued for a date, which is beyond
the expiry date of any visitor’s stay in Barbados.
Marriage of Minors
Persons under age sixteen (16) years cannot be legally married in Barbados.
For persons between the ages of sixteen (16) and eighteen (18) years,
the consent of both parents must be obtained and both parents must be
present at the time of application. Failing this, a Judge in Barbados,
on application being made to him, may exercise his discretion to dispense
Marriage Licences are obtained from:
The Ministry of Home Affairs, Post Office Complex, Cheapside. St. Michael
What fees should I pay?
- Where either party is a citizen of Barbados - $45.00 and $10.00
in postage stamps
- Where neither party is a citizen of Barbados - $150.00 and $25.00
in postage stamps
Where a Magistrate is performing the marriage the following fees must
be paid to the Court on receipt of the Marriage Licence:
- Where either party is a citizen of Barbados $50.00
- Where neither party is a citizen of Barbados $150.00
Marriage to be performed away from the Court
- Where either party is a citizen of Barbados $75.00
- Where neither party is a citizen of Barbados $250.00
N.B. Marriage Licence must be presented to the Clerk of the
In what time frame should a Marriage be registered?
A Marriage must be registered within the first ten (10) days of every
Where should a Marriage be registered?
All Marriages are registered at the Registration Department, Coleridge
Who should register a Marriage?
It is the responsibility of the Marriage Officer and the Magistrate
who performs the marriage to register that marriage.
Document to be produced:
- Fully completed duplicate original Marriage record - Marriage Card.
What information must be included in the Marriage
- Place of marriage
- Date of marriage
- Name and Surname of the husband
- Name and Maiden Name of the wife
- Age of the husband
- Age of the wife
- Marital status of husband and wife
- Addresses of husband and wife - present addresses (foreign addresses
are not allowed)
- Occupation of husband
- Occupation of wife
- Name and occupation of husband’s father
- Name and occupation of wife’s father
- Signatures of husband and wife
- Signatures of witnesses
- Signature of Marriage Officer or Magistrate.