Belize Marriage License

Introduction

The Attorney General’s Ministry is mandated by law to vet and issue marriage licenses by virtue of the Marriage Act Chapter 174 of the Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2011.

Requirements when applying for a marriage license

All applicants:

  1. Application form filled out by applicants and signed and stamped by a licensed Justice of the Peace (JP).
  2. A copy of a national ID of each applicant (Passport or Social Security Card) stamped and certified by a JP to be a true copy of the original.

NOTE:

  • All signatures must closely match that displayed on the ID presented.
  • No expired IDs will be accepted.

Fees

  1. One or both applicants are Belizean: $50.00
  2. Both applicants Non-Belizean: $200.00.

Fees are to be paid at the Treasury.
Fees are not to be paid until provisional approval of application is received.

How to Apply?

Applications must be scanned and submitted via email to: Ministry.Info@agm.gov.bz

Documents to be provided by Specific Applicants

Minor:

  • Certified copy of national ID of each applicant.
  • Certified copy of birth certificate of the minor(s).
  • Consent form signed by parent(s) or guardian and signed and stamped by JP or Notary public.
  • Certified copy of ID of each parent or guardian.
  • Certified copy of marriage certificate of the parent(s) or guardian, if married.

Previously Married (Divorced):

  • Certified copy of national ID of each applicant.
  • Certified copy of Decree Absolute.

Widow/ Widower:

  • Certified copy of national ID of each applicant.
  • Certified copy of death certificate of the deceased spouse.
  • Certified copy of marriage certificate of previous marriage.

Naturalized Belizean:

  • Certified copy of national ID of each applicant.
  • Certified copy of nationality certificate.

Notice

  • Applicants will be contacted via email or telephone and given a date to collect the license.
  • Applicants are reminded that the application fee should not be paid until they have received an email indicating that their application has been vetted and provisionally approved.
  • The period for the processing of licenses will be 2 weeks from the date of submission of the application.
  • All foreign documents must be notarized by a notary public. • All copies must be signed and stamped by a Justice of the Peace stating that it is a true copy of the original document(s).
  • Every person who makes a false declaration or signs any document containing information which the person knows to be false in any material way shall be deemed guilty of willful or corrupt perjury and shall be liable to be prosecuted and punished to the full extent of the law.
  • Upon collection of license, applicants must present:
  1. Original ID;
  2. Original supporting documents; and
  3. Application fee receipt.

Consent Guidelines

  1. Not eligible to get married: Persons who are 15 years old or younger.
  2. Where no consent required: 18 years old or above or a Widow(er).
  3. Where consent is required: 16/17 years old.

From Whom Consent Required?

  • If child is living with both parents: consent required from both parents.
  • If child is living with neither parent: consent required from both parents unless magistrate dispenses with consent of one parent.
  • If both parents are alive but living apart: consent required from parent child is living with.
  • If one parent is deceased: consent required from surviving parent or guardian.
  • If both parents are deceased: consent required from legal guardian.
  • If parents were never married and one parent is or both parents are dead: consent required from mother, father or legal guardian.

Forms

Contact the Office of the Solicitor General

General Office Belmopan
6120 Racoon Avenue
Belmopan, Belize, Central America.
Tel: +(501)-822-0519 / 2504
E-mail: ministry.info@agm.gov.bz