Do you need to get the Certificate of Non-Impediment for Marriage apostilled?
Do you intend to get married in another country and have been told to provide a Certificate of Non-Impediment for Marriage?
A Certificate of Non-Impediment for Marriage is an official document certifying that the City Clerk’s Office has no information that would impede you from getting a Marriage License. If you are getting married in another country, you will be required to have a Certificate of Non-Impediment for Marriage.
Certificate of Non-Impediment for Marriage is also referred to by some countries and County Clerk office in the U.S. as:
- Affidavit of Single Status
- Affidavit of Marriageability
- Certificate of Freedom to Marry
- Certificate of No Record – Marriage
- Certificate of No Public Record
- No Record of Marriage
- Single Status Affidavit
In the United States, the most common name for this document is a Single Status Affidavit.
Start by contacting your local County Clerk’s office and request a document that states you are currently not married (Affidavit of Single Status). Some County Clerk offices refer to this document as a “No Record of Marriage” instead of an “Affidavit of Single Status”. All County Clerk offices have templates of this document, so request to speak to a supervisor if you are denied a template. A document issued by the County Clerk’s office does not need to be notarized.
In rare instances, when the County Clerk is unable to help you and you are based are in the United States, you can write a Single Status Affidavit yourself. You can find samples of this document online. In short, a Single Status Affidavit is your sworn statement stating that you are not currently married to another person in the United States. This document must be signed and notarized by a notary public, before it is mailed to our office. Also, check with the people/country requesting your Affidavit of Single Status if they accept an affidavit directly from you.
In the event you are outside of the United States, the local US Embassy or US Consulate office should be able to assist you with obtaining, signing, and notarizing an Affidavit of Single Status.
Please note, if you have been divorced in the United States, you will also be required to obtain an apostille on your divorce decree.
Obtaining an apostille can be intricate. Avoid leaving this task for inexperienced staff or non-professionals who are not fully aware of the complexities of the apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your application may be rejected, and you lose time and money. Make a better choice!
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