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In order to get married in the Falkland Islands you need to initially apply for a licence.

There are two types of licence:

  • A Registrar General's Licence (for those resident in the Falklands for at least 7 days prior to application),
  • A Special Licence (for those resident less than 7 days at the time of application).

The requirements for each type of Licence can be found below.

You can be married almost anywhere in the Falkland Islands with appropriate permissions from landholders, providing that you pay for the reasonable travel cost and any necessary overnight accommodation of the Registry staff in attendance.

All fees must be paid in full before the application for a licence is progressed, as a matter of policy.

If you require an Apostille for your marriage certificate, the Registry can organise this for you through the Attorney General's Chambers which attracts a further fee.

Please see the Fees list for the current fees associated with getting married in the Falklands.

Registrar General's Licence to Marry in the Falkland Islands

It is a requirement that you need to be resident in the Falklands for at least 7 days at the time of application, and you must remain in the Falklands for a further 21 days for the licence to be granted. For this licence, you need to present to the Registry Office and complete two forms which include the details of each party, the date, place, and time of marriage, and a declaration that each person is free to marry. If either party has been married before then a copy of the divorce certificate(s) must be provided (translated into English if in another language).

Special Licence to Marry in the Falkland Islands

If you are not going to be resident in the Falkland Islands for 7 days prior to you intending to apply then you will need to apply for a special licence to marry from the Governor (this is for those resident less than 7 days at the time of application).

To apply for this licence the following information/documents will be required;

A statutory declaration signed by either person in front of a Notary Public which should contain:

  • A statement of the full name of the applicant and of the other party to the marriage;
  • Any other name by which either one of the couple has ever been known;
  • The address at which the couple usually reside;
  • If either person has lived at that address for less than 3 months- any other address at which they have usually resided during the last 3 months;
  • The date, place and country of birth of the applicant and of the other party to the marriage;
  • A statement that there is no relationship by blood, marriage or adoption between the two parties;
  • Details of any previous marriages, if either one of the couple have been married before, and the manner in which it came to an end.

This declaration must be in English or accompanied by an English translation with a certificate from the translator counter-signed by a Notary Public confirming that it is a true and accurate translation.

If either person has been married before and are now widowed or divorced, we will also require copies of the relevant death certificate or divorce certificate with an English translation.

The couple will also need to supply certified copies of each passport, a copy of a telephone bill and utility bill.