OUTLINE OF REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROCESSING OF MARRIAGE LICENSE IN ACCORDANCE WITH ACT NO. 30 OF 2007

10A.
A minister of religion who desires to act as a marriage officer shall satisfy the Governor General that he:

  • Is ordained or licensed as a minister of religion or is recognized by the religious denomination to which he belongs, as being authorized to solemnize marriage according to the rites and usages of that religious denomination.
  • Is of good character.
  • Is at least 21 years of age.
  • Does not have a criminal record.
  • Is recommended by the head of the religious denomination to which he belongs.

A minster of religion recommended to act as a marriage officer in accordance with subsection (1) shall satisfy one or more of the following qualifications:

  • Hold a degree in theology; or related field.
  • Possess at least a secondary education.
  • Be a senior minister or a member of his church for not less than ten years.

Process:

  • An application should be made through the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry with responsibility for Ecclesiastical Affairs, currently the Ministry of Education, National Reconciliation, Ecclesiastical Affairs and Information  .
  • An interview/background check is conducted by the office of the Commissioner of Police.
  • An interview is carried out by the Registrar of High Court on the Marriage Act (CAP) 173 of the Laws of St.Vincent and the Grenadines Revised Edition 1990.
  • A submission is made to Cabinet on behalf of the applicant.
  • Once approval is granted by Cabinet the applicant will be informed by letter through the ministry.
  • A notice to the effect would be published in the Government’s Gazette.







Contact Information

Permanent Secretary

Ms. Morine Williams 
Telephone: (784) 457-1104
PBX: (784) 456-1111 Ext: 441
E-mail: office.education@mail.gov.vc

Location

The Ministry of Education is located on Halifax Street, within the same compound as the Ministry of Transport, Works, Urban Development and Local Government.