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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for getting married in Barbados?

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.

How do I obtain a Certificate of Character?

Certificates of Character are obtained as follows:

  • 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.

All correspondence must be addressed as follows:

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

How do I obtain reports of accidents, crime or fire ?

Police Reports for Fire, Crime and Accidents are obtained as follows:

  • 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

Where may I find information on the heads of departments and permanent secretaries?
Where can I find information on the Cabinet of Barbados, Ministerial Portfolios as well as Parliament?

Details on the Cabinet of Barbados may be obtained on the BGIS website by selecting the heading ‘Cabinet’. 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.

BGIS Publications

Publications and DVDs of national interest are available by contacting our office at the Old Town Hall Building, Cheapside, Bridgetown at telephone number 535-1900 or by emailing us at webbgis@barbados.gov.bb.

AVAILABLE PUBLICATIONS

The National Emblems of Barbados

The history of Barbados’ Emblems, and the code of etiquette for their usage.

National Heroes of Barbados

The achievements of Barbados’ 10 National Heroes as outlined in their biographies

Old Barbados 1900-1970s

An archive of photographs indicating the treasured icons and events of the 20th century.
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Historic Bridgetown

Hundreds of historical facts on Bridgetown, first published in 1978 by researcher Warren Alleyne.

Shaping A Nation

A timeless treasure, preserving the memories of Barbadian educators from 1900 to 1980.

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