Do you need to apostille a certificate of freedom to marry?
At USA Apostille, Inc., we take the guesswork out of obtaining an apostille on certificate of freedom to marry.
We can apostille a certificate of freedom marry 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 certificate of freedom to marry certificate 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 document called a certificate of freedom to marry. In some countries, you may also be required to provide this documentation for employment.
This document may also be referred to as:
- No Record of Marriage
- Certificate of No Impediment for Marriage
- Certificate of No Record – Marriage
- Affidavit of Single Status
- Affidavit of Marriageability
- Certificate of No Public Record
- Eligibility to Marry
- Affidavit of Civil Status
Here is an example of a certificate of freedom to marry (Affidavit of Single Status):
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 “single status” instead of a “certificate of freedom to marry” (see list above). 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 certificate of freedom to marry. 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.
Here is an example of a Single Status Affidavit / Affidavit of Civil Status issued from a U.S. Embassy / Consulate General:
Please Note: We can only help you with documents originating from or notarized within the United States and for another country. If your single status affidavit is originating from another country, you will need to contact the correct competent authority to assist you in that country.
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!
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