Are you planning to get married in a foreign country? Have you been asked to obtain an apostille on a Eligibility to Marry certificate? An Eligibility to Marry certificate is commonly referred to a Single Status Affidavit. From our experience, the most common documents you will be asked to apostille are a birth certificate, Single Status Affidavit, and an FBI background check apostille.
The most popular countries we can apostille a single status affidavit are for: Vietnam, Cuba, Columbia, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Greece, Germany, and more. From our experience, if you are planning to get married in a foreign country, you will be asked to obtain an apostille on your birth certificate, Single Status Affidavit, and an FBI background check.
We can apostille a single status affidavit issued from all 50 U.S. states, District of Columbia, and the U.S. Federal Government (USA Embassy Single Status Affidavit). For countries who are non-members of the Hague Apostille Convention, we can also process your single status certificate through the U.S. Department of State and the Embassy or Consulate office.
If you are planning to get married in another country who is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, you will be asked to apostille a document called a single status affidavit. In some countries, you may also be required to provide this documentation for employment.
This document may also be referred to as:
Single Status Affidavit
No Record of Marriage
Certificate of Freedom to Marry
Certificate of No Record – Marriage
Affidavit of Single Status
Affidavit of Marriageability
Certificate of No Public Record
Certificate of No Impediment for Marriage
Affidavit of Civil Status
Here is an example of a single status affidavit:
The first step is to contact the local County Clerk’s office to request a document that states you are currently not married (AKA: Single Status). Some County Clerk offices may refer to this document as a “no record of marriage” instead of a “single status”. Most all County Clerk offices can provide you this document so please be sure to speak to a supervisor if you are told otherwise.
A document issued from the County Clerk’s office does not require notarization. If the County Clerk is unable to assist you and you are in the United States, you can use the sample above to write your own single status affidavit. Basically, you are writing a sworn statement stating that you are currently not married to another person in the United States. Be sure to have this document signed and notarized before you mail it in to our office. You should also check with the people requesting your single status if they will accept a sworn affidavit directly from you.
If you are outside of the United States, the local US Embassy or US Consulate office should be able to assist you in completing a single status and also having it signed and notarized. Because you will be visiting U.S. Federal Government office, this document can then only be apostilled through our Washington DC apostille office.
Obtaining an apostille can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!