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How to Get Married in the Virgin Islands

The U.S. and British Virgin Islands both make fantastic Caribbean wedding locations, with their sandy beaches and lush scenery. Slightly different in style, the British islands are quieter, but you can find plenty of romantic spots on all the islands in which to celebrate your marriage.
 
Below are the legalities for marrying in the Virgin Islands, to help you plan your ideal wedding abroad.

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Virgin Islands Marriage Law Requirements

British Virgin Islands

What are the legal requirements to get married in the Virgin Islands?
Legal age for marriage is 18 years for both men and women. If under 18 years old then parental consent is required.
Bride and Groom may not be closely related by blood.
Two witnesses are required.

 

How long do I have to be resident in the Virgin Islands before I can get married?
You must be in the British Virgin Islands for at least three business days before the wedding can take place as a special marriage licence takes three days to be processed.
After applying for the licence you should confirm the date of your marriage with the Registrar’s Office.

 

Getting a marriage licence
You must bring the papers mentioned below in person to the Marriage License office or County Clerk's office where you wish to marry.
There is no expiry on the licence and it may be used at any time as long as both parties listed on it are the same.

 

What legal papers do I need to take with me?
Passports.
You must buy BVI postage stamps for a Special Licence.
If you have been divorced then the final divorce papers must be shown.
If you are widowed then the death certificate of your previous spouse must be shown

 

US Virgin Islands

What are the legal requirements to get married in the US Virgin Island?
Legal age for marriage is 18 years for both men and women. If under 18 years old then parental consent is required.
Bride and Groom may not be closely related by blood.
Two witnesses are required.

 

How long do I have to be resident in the US Virgin Islands before I can get married?
There are no residency requirements to marry in the US Virgin Islands if you complete the paperwork before arrival. Otherwise 8 days from receipt of notarised application.

 

Getting a marriage licence
You must fill in an application form and send it to the Territorial Court of the US Virgin Islands, and then wait for 8 days before you can marry.

 

What legal papers do I need to take with me?
Passports and birth certificates.
Letter stating dates of visit, length of stay and preferred wedding date. Sent in with the licence application.
If you have been divorced then the final divorce papers must be shown. If in USVI then a certified copy must also be shown.
If you are widowed then the death certificate of your previous spouse must be shown.
Please note: this information is for guidance purposes only and liable to change without notice. Please check with your wedding planner in resort or the relevant embassy of the country in which you intend to marry for up to date details before you marry.

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Virgin Islands' Marriage
Registrar's Offices

British Virgin Islands

Registrar's Office,

Box 418, Road Town,

Tortola, BVI
Tel:+1 284 494 3701

Attorney General's Office

2nd Floor Central Administration Complex

Road Town

Tortola, BVI
Open: Mon - Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm

 

US Virgin Islands

Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands, St Thomas
PO Box 70, St Thomas
USVI 00804
Tel:+1 340 774 6680 ext. 6607

Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands, St Croix
PO Box 929, Christiansted,
St Croix
USVI 00821
Tel:+1 340 778 9750





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