FAQs


Here are some of our most Frequently Asked Questions. If the information you require is not here, contact us via email at webbgis@barbados.gov.bb or by telephone: 1 246 535-1900.

There are several requirements if you wish to get married in Barbados. Application for a marriage licence must be made by both persons at the office of the Ministry of Home Affairs. The Marriage Licence is valid for three (3) months only. Nationals must submit valid birth certificates and passports (if available) while all non-nationals must present valid passports and birth certificates. Click here for full details on how to get married in Barbados.

Certificate of Character

  • Application forms can be acquired at the Certificate of Character Office, Sugar Cane Mall, Roebuck Street, Bridgetown, St. Michael. The telephone number is 430-7677.
  • A copy of the applicant’s fingerprints must be submitted with the filled out application form. The fingerprints must be taken by police and their official stamp must be affixed.
  • A photocopy of the applicant’s passport must be submitted;
  • The fee for the certificate is twenty ($20) dollars Barbados currency. Postal and Money Orders are accepted for the equivalent of the required fee. If the applicant is desirous of having the certificate returned to their overseas address, the requisite cost of the postal charges must be sought out and included with the fee for the certificate.
  • It is requested that the applicant provide contact information with the application form, such as telephone number(s) and email.
  • The Certificate and a duplicate will be sent to the applicant. If another certificate is required, the fee of $20 is required.
  • The Certificate of Character is valid for six (6) months.
  • Absolutely NO FUNDS SHOULD BE REMITTED BY WESTERN UNION.

Police Reports for Fire, Crime and Accidents

  • Application Forms can be acquired at Police Headquarters on Lower Roebuck Street, Bridgetown
  • Letters can be submitted, however, detailed information MUST be provided
  • It is requested that the applicant provide contact information with the application form, such as telephone number(s) and email.
  • Applicants will be notified when the report has been completed.
  • A payment of fifty ($50) dollars Barbados Currency is the fee due on completion of report. Postal and Money Orders are accepted for the equivalent of the required fee. If the applicant is desirous of having the report returned to their overseas address, the requisite cost of the postal charges must be sought out and included with the fee for the report.
  • Absolutely NO FUNDS SHOULD BE REMITTED BY WESTERN UNION.

All correspondence must be addressed as follows:

COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
Royal Barbados Police Force
Police Headquarters
Lower Roebuck Street,
Bridgetown
Barbados, W.I

The ‘Downloads’ section of the BGIS website has contact information for the heads of departments and permanent secretaries etc. To reach this page, persons should go to the menu heading ‘Resources’ and click on ‘Downloads’. On this page, click on the section ‘Government Contact Lists’ and the relevant documents will be listed. Click on the appropriate file to download to your computer.
Details on the Cabinet of Barbados may be obtained on the BGIS website by selecting the menu heading ‘Government’. There visitors will find ministerial portfolios as well as biographies. Parliament’s website www.barbadosparliament.com also has details on the House of Assembly, the Speaker of the House, the offices of the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, Members of Parliament and Ministerial Portfolios as well as the Senate, its President and Members. In addition, details are also available of various Bills and Resolutions before the Lower and Upper House.
Information on scholarships is available at the Tertiary Section of the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation at the Elsie Payne Complex, Constitution Road, St. Michael. Their numbers are 430-2835 and 430-2764. Person may also visit the Ministry of Educations’ website at mes.gov.bb. The Student Revolving Loan section is also located at the Elsie Payne Complex.
The website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade www.foreign.gov.bb has a very detailed list of the diplomatic missions accredited to Barbados as well as the island’s missions abroad. Information on the Barbados Network Programme, formerly known as the Facilitation Unit for Returning Nationals (FURN) is also available here.
Persons who require information on birth, marriage or death certificates may do so by contacting the Registrar, Registration Department, Supreme Court Complex, Whitepark Road, St. Michael. Their contact number is 1-246-434-9970 or they may be reached at email address registrar@lawcourts.gov.bb. Further information may be obtained by visiting the website www.barbadoslawcourts.gov.bb.
To apply for a post in the public sector, persons may collect and fill out the requisite form from the Personnel Administration Division, E. Humphrey Walcott Building, Cnr. Culloden Road & Collymore Rock, St. Michael. Further details may be obtained by contacting the department at 467-4500.
The Immigration Department’s website www.immigration.gov.bb has a list of Frequently Asked Questions and information on many of its services. Information is available for Barbadians who wish to travel abroad as well as requirements for: Barbadian Citizenship; Permanent Resident Status; Immigrant Status; Work Permits/Training attachments; Renunciation; Student Visas; Extensions of Stay; Issuing Barbados passports and other travel documents; CARICOM free movement and Entry Visa (non-Nationals). The department may also be contacted at this link www.immigration.gov.bb.
Appointments for a Barbados passport are now completed online at www.immigration.gov.bb. On the site, persons can select an available date and time for their appointment. Applicants must provide their Surname, First Name, National Registration number, Email Address, and Telephone Number. The appropriate passport forms must also be downloaded, filled out and brought to the department for processing. Further details on the passport application requirements may be obtained by visiting the Immigration Department’s website.