Are you planning to get married in a foreign country? Have you been asked to apostille your documents?
A Certificate of No Impediment for Marriage (also known as a “Certificate of Legal Capacity to Marry” or “Certificate of No Record of Marriage”) is a legal document issued by a government authority (County Clerk) that certifies that there is no legal obstacle to a person getting married in a foreign country. This certificate is typically required for foreigners who wish to get married in a foreign country, or for citizens of a country who wish to get married in another country. The certificate typically includes the person’s name, birth date, citizenship, and other identifying information, as well as a statement attesting that there is no record of the person being married or having any other legal impediment to getting married. The certificate is usually issued by a government agency , such as the local County Clerk’s office. It must be signed by the official issuing the certificate,.
We can apostille documents issued from all 50 U.S. states, District of Columbia, and the U.S. Federal Government (USA Embassy Single Status). For countries who are non-members of the Hague Apostille Convention, we can also process your documents through the U.S. Department of State and the Embassy or Consulate office (Legalization Process).
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 documents.
Note: This document may also be referred to as:
- No Record of Marriage Apostille
- Certificate of Freedom to Marry Apostille
- Certificate of No Impediment for Marriage Apostille
- Certificate of No Record – Marriage
- Affidavit of Single Status
- Affidavit of Marriageability
- Certificate of No Public Record
- Eligibility to Marry
- Affidavit of Civil Status
The first step is to contact the local County Clerk’s office to request a document that states you are currently not married 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 a U.S. Federal Government office and having your document signed and notarized by a US Federal notary public, this document can then only be apostilled through our Washington DC apostille office.
Obtaining an apostille on your documents an be complicated and time-consuming. 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!
Our staff is available Monday-Saturday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions and provide you easy to follow-step-by-step instructions. Please call us at 1-888-810-4054
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