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You are required to be in the territory 3 days before you can be married. You can apply for a marriage license on the same day of arrival at the Attorney General's Office located on the second floor of the Central Administration Complex, Road Town, Tortola. It takes 3 business days for the application to be processed.

Couples can be married 3 business days after entering the BVI. Weekends do not count.

The requirements of the Attorney General's office are:

a) US$110.00 for a Special License for those residents in the BVI for 3 days.
b) US$50.00 for an Ordinary License for those residents in the BVI for 15 days or more.
c) Your passport as proof of identity and date of arrival in the British Virgin Islands .
d) Proof of marital status (certified or original copies of decree absolute for divorced spouses or death certificates for deceased spouses.)

e) 2 witnesses needed: For (1) signing license application and (2) to be present at the marriage ceremony.

f) Witnesses need not be the same for both duties. Residents of the BVI may exercise these duties.

Having applied for the license, you go to the Registrar-General's Office to schedule an appointment for the date and time you propose to be married. The Registrar-General's Office is situated on Wickham's Cay, Road Town, upstairs of Burhym Electrical Services. The hours of business are: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Weddings are performed by the Registrar General outside the Office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and inside the Office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Registrar, who is the marriage officer, will require a complete application showing the following information:

a) The names of the 2 parties as it appears on your travel documents

b) The ages of both parties

c) The occupation of both parties

d) Marital status

e) The names of the 2 witnesses to the ceremony

The fees payable at the Registrar General's Office are US$35 if wedding ceremony is performed in the office, and US$100 if it is performed elsewhere. All cheques should be made payable to the Accountant General.

If you wish to be married in a church of your choice, Wedding Banns must be published on 3 consecutive Saturdays or Sundays in that church. You must make arrangements with the Minister of the church in advance.

Publishing of banns is not necessary if a license is obtained.

Please travel with proof of your identity such as passports, driver's license or original birth certificates and certified copies of your marital status. Blood tests are not necessary.

For further details, write to:

Registrar's Office
P. O. Box 418
Road Town , Tortola , British Virgin Islands
Phone Number: (284) 494-3492/5650 or (284) 494-6664.

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