Getting Married in Fiji
People wishing to be married in Fiji are required to present the following documents:
•Original or certified copy of birth certificates;
•Decree Absolute document if divorced;
•Death Certificate if spouse had died;
•Statutory Declaration signed by a Justice of Peace or Notary Public or Solicitor to prove that the persons are not married [this declaration both applies to first or the second marriage;
•Consent of the father if under the age of 21 years or mother if father is deceased. Valid marriages ages in Fiji are 16 years and above for female and 18 years and above for male;
•Names of two witnesses who are 21 years of age or over.
Application form for special license can be obtained from Head Office of the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Suva, the Divisional Registrar Offices either in Lautoka or Labasa or any offices of the district officer. This license is valid only for 28 days from the date of issue [within which the marriage may be performed] is stated in the license and the marriage officer should satisfy himself/herself that the license is still in force.
Marriages in Fiji are solemnized by Government Offices or Ministers of Religions of the Christian faith or other suitably qualified persons professing any recognized religion, must first be registered as a marriage officer. The names of all marriage officers are published in the Fiji Republic Gazette upon registration and then annually at the beginning of each year.
The party who intend to get married should satisfy themselves that the marriage officer or celebrant assign to solemnize their marriage has already been registered. Should a party wish to be married in a garden, hotel and etc., arrangement should be made before hand with a marriage celebrant who will officiate the marriage. Traveling expenses for the celebrant should be met by the party concerned.
WITNESSES AND SIGNING OF THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE
•Every marriage shall be performed in the presence of at lest two witnesses who can sign their names and are 21 years of age or over;
•The particulars filled in the certificate of marriage in triplicate must be typed or printed and must be the same as the particulars in the special license;
•Three copies of the certificate of marriage must be signed by the parties, the witnesses and the marriage officer;
•The duplicate copy of the certificate of marriage must be given to one of the parties, the original must be sent within seven days to the district registrar or Registrar General [in Suva] for recording purposes.
ADDITIONAL RELIGIOUS CEREMONY
Where the Registrar General or the district registrar has already performed a marriage, a marriage officer may, if the parties desires upon production of the certificate of marriage perform a further religious ceremony of marriage.
No further certificate of marriage shall be completed by the marriage officer in the case of an additional religious marriage ceremony.
VALIDITY OF MARRIAGES SOLEMNIZED IN FIJI FOR CITIZENS IN OTHER COUNTRIES
All members countries that have adopted the Convention abolishing the requirement of legalization for Foreign Public Documents. This convention, opened for signature at The Hague on 5th October 1961 applies to public documents which have been executed in one country and which are required to be produced in the territory of another country.
The convention have allowed and included documents such as Marriages, Births and Deaths Certificates are exempted from legislation of documents and the only formality required is the affixing of a certificate by a competent authority of the country from which the documents issued. This certificate or stamp is titled “Apostille” [convention de La Haye du 5 October 1961]. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is equipped with the designated authority to certify public documents under the Convention. Please get your marriage certificate authenticated by the ministry of foreign affairs and External Trade before departure from Fiji.
The current marriage fees [VAT inclusive] are tabled below in Fijian Currency. Payment should be made in cash, postal or money order or Bank Cheque:
Application for Special License F$19.80
Marriage performed within the Registry
[including marriage certificate] F$22.00
Marriage performed by the RG or District Registrar
Outside office after normal office hours 8.
Registrar General’s Office [Suva] 8.30 to 3.30 pm Monday to Friday– Tel No. 315280
Divisional Registrar Lautoka 9.00 to 3.00 PM Monday to Friday – Tel No 665132
Divisional Registrar Labasa 9.00 to 3.00 PM Monday to Friday – Tel No 812477
District Officer – [Refer to the Ministry of Regional Development and Rural Housing]
Acting in accordance with Legal Notice No 25 and 26 that appeared in the Fiji Islands Government Gazette Supplement No 13 of 2A/3/2000 in relation to Births, Deaths and Marriage (Fees) (Amendments) Regulation 2000. The following fees will come into force on 1st July, 2000:
Activity Fees F$
(Value Added Tax Included)
1. Search in an Index $1.10
2. Inspection of an entry (including necessary search) $1.10
3. Extract of a birth register entry (including necessary search) $1.10
4. Certified copy of a birth or death entry (including necessary search) $2.20
5. Certified copy of a marriage entry
NOTE : Certified copies may either be type written or photostat copies $5.50
6. Late registration of birth $8.80
7. Entry of change of name $2.20
8. Entry of addition of name or names $2.20
9. Entry of particulars of father under section 16(2) $4.40
10. Correction of error in register other than a clerical error $2.20
Acting in accordance with Legal Notice No 26 that appeared in the Fiji Islands Government Gazette Supplement No 13 of 24/3/2000 in relation to Marriages (Amendment) Regulations 2000. The following fees will come into force on 1st July, 2000:
Activity Fees F$
1. Notice of Marriage and Declaration $5.50
2. Application for Special License $19.80
3. Registrar General or district registrar solemnizing marriage (including Certificate of Marriage) $22.00
4. Registrar General or district registrar solemnizing marriage outside office after Normal office hours (including certificates of Marriage) $30.00
WEDDINGS AND HONEYMOONS
REGISTRY OFFICES IN FIJI
Lautoka Crown Law Office The Registrar General’s Office
1st Floor Rogorogoivuda House Suvavou House Ground Floor
Tavewa Road Suva
Phone:  600968 Tel:  315280
Fax:  304917
Tel:  700101
Monday – Thursday 8.00 am – 4.30 PM
Friday 8.00 am – 4.00 PM
Closed for Lunch 1.00 PM– 2.00 PM
You will require:
• Original Birth Certificate
•Decree Absolute of dissolution of previous marriage (divorce papers) if previously married
•Consent of father – if under 21 years (Consulate General of Fiji of Fiji Embassy official must be a witness)
•Couples must present themselves together to apply for the license. License Validity
•The special license is effective immediately after the application is received (within one working day) and processed by the registry. It is valid for 21 days from the date of issue.
The fee is FJ$20.00. After the marriage ceremony it is advisable to apply for a proper/typed marriage certificate. This can be obtained from the local registry office at a fee of FJ$3.00.