Religious marriage ceremonies may only be performed by Marriage Officers who are registered with the Registry General.
If you want to be a Marriage Officer, you have to be an ordained minister of religion.
In general, ministers of the Christian, Jewish, Baha’i or Muslim faiths may apply for a Marriage Officer licence.
How to apply
To become a Marriage Officer, you have to complete a Marriage Officer Licence Application Form and send it to the Registry General along with:
- a copy of your Certificate of Ordination or written confirmation of your qualifications from the senior administrative authority of your religion;
- the required fee;
- if you are non-Bermudian, a copy of the Immigration Department’s approval for you to perform a marriage in Bermuda . Please note that permission to come to Bermuda to perform a marriage ceremony must be applied for separately by sending a letter to the Bermuda Department of Immigration.
There is a fee of $100 to apply for a Marriage Officer Licence.
The legislation in relation to the licensing of marriage officers is the Marriage Act 1944, in addition to:
- the Jewish Marriage Act 1946 (for Jewish Rabbis)
- the Baha'i Marriage Act 1970 (for Baha’i Assembly Members)
- the Muslim Marriage Act 1984 (for Imams and Assistant Imams).