Not to worry, all is well. An original marriage certificate, issued by
the appropriate local authorities where the marriage took place (in
your case the Registrar's Office in the Bahamas) will be accepted in
the U.S. as a legal document, no problem. Obtaining a legal marriage
license abroad is always determined by where the marriage takes place.
Once back in the U.S. you will proceed with changing your name, etc.,
by "just presenting when asked, the document from the Bahamas".
How to get married in The Bahamas
10. Would my marriage licence be legal in my country?
Yes, the Bahamas marriage licence is a legal document issued by the
The Registrar of Marriages performs all civil ceremonies.
"If you are living in the US, Britain, or Canada, the marriage license
is enough for proof of marriage. In other areas or in certain legal
situations, an "Apostille" license may be required."
"Your marriage will be legal and binding worldwide"
Regulations for marriages in the Bahamas
6. "If either party is unmarried and is a citizen or resident of a
country other than the U.S.A., 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 marriage license. Said declaration may also be obtained at a
Notary Public in Marsh Harbour.
Would my marriage license be legal in my country?
"Yes, the Bahamas marriage license is a legal document issued by the
# Fee charged
# Residency requirement: 24 hours
# Necessary documents: Passports; birth certificates; proof of divorce
or death certificate of former spouse/s (if applicable); declaration
certifying both parties are unmarried U.S. citizens, sworn before a
U.S. Consul at the American Embassy in Nassau, or a marriage license
from the Commissioner's Office on other islands; proof of arrival in
# Knot Note: Both parties must apply in person.
# More info: Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Romance Director at (888)
NUPTIAL or http://www.bahamas.com
* Declaration certifying both are unmarried U.S. citizens sworn
before a U.S. Consul at the American Embassy, Nassau, or marriage
license obtained from Commissioner's Office for weddings on any
Bahamas' island outside of New Providence
* Both parties must apply in person for the marriage license
* Proof of arrival in the Bahamas
* Passport or birth certificate & photo ID
* Proof of divorce or death certificate, if applicable
* Parental consent for parties under 18 years of age
"A Bahamian marriage license is a legal document issued by the
Bahamian government and is recognized in other countries"
Additional Links of Interest
The Bahamas: Consular Information Sheet
Tips for Travelers to the Caribbean
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