Do you need to apostille a document called a Certificate of Celibacy?
Are you planning to get married in a foreign country? Have you been asked to provide a document that states you are currently not married in the United States? Have you also been asked to provide a signed and notarized sworn affidavit that you have abstained from a sexual relationship in the United States?
A single status is issued by the local county Clerk’s office whereas a certificate of celibacy is typically a sworn affidavit that is signed and notarized.
Some County Clerk office in the U.S. may also refer to this document as:
- Single Status Affidavit
- No Record of Marriage
- Certificate of Freedom to Marry
- Certificate of No Impediment for Marriage Apostille
- Certificate of No Record – Marriage
- Affidavit of Marriageability
- Certificate of No Public Record
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 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.
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Obtaining an apostille on a certificate of celibacy and a single status 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!
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