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Guatemala - Apply for Singleness Certificate / Single Status Certificate

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Procedure[edit]

  1. Go to any RENAP site to apply for a singleness certificate.
  2. Submit the following information: date of birth, full name of the person, book, folio and the place of registration.

It is advisable to follow the guidelines that certain authorities deem necessary. Those wishing to marry overseas will need special documentation. First, couples will have to present a declaration that is processed by your local office where marriage documents are produced. This must be from the state where you live in the Guatemala. On this statement will be recorded the fact that there has not be any marriage in recent years.

Due to the fact that these types of documents are sought for foreign involvement one will need the local or state registrars account or declaration to be authenticated to work abroad.

  • Go to the Civil Registry office where marriages are registered.
  • Present and submit required documents.
  • Complete a form and declare.
  • Pay the fee.



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Required Documents[edit]

  • National identity card or Passport.
  • Proof of address.
  • If divorced, Decree Absolute.
  • If widowed, Death Certificate of previous spouse (and Marriage Certificate).
  • If your name has been changed by Deed Poll, proof is necessary.
  • The relevant fee.



Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

National Registry of Persons - RENAP (Registro Nacional de las Personas)

Republica de Guatemala

Calzada Roosevelt 13-46 Zone 7

Phone: 2416 - 1900

Call Centre: 1516

Email Contact Form:

http://www.renap.gob.gt/contactenos

Search for Office Locations:

http://www.renap.gob.gt/busqueda-de-sedes-y-horarios

Embassies of Guatemala in the World


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Eligibility[edit]

Guatemalan law requires proof of legal capacity to enter into a marriage contract in the form of certification by competent authority that no impediment exists to the marriage.

Guatemalan authorities usually accept an affidavit written by the citizen stating that they are free to marry and notarized at the Embassy. This is called "libertad de estado."

The fee for the American consular officers notarization of the affidavit is $50 (payable in dollars or quetzales in cash only), and the affidavit can be signed and sworn to at the consular section Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon.



Fees[edit]

  • Cost of Application: Q20.00



Validity[edit]

Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever



Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

  • Application Process: 8 business days



Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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Instructions[edit]

Applications may be submitted to any RENAP offices.

Please also be aware that a standard Single Status Certificate or Certificate of No Impediment may be insufficient on its own to allow a marriage to take place in a foreign country. You may be required by the foreign authorities to comply with the following, so please ensure that you allow sufficient time for processing.

  • Certificates may need to be translated.
  • Certificates may need to be endorsed or exchanged for a locally acceptable version issued by your Embassy or Consulate in the country where you will marry.
  • Certificates may need to be legalized i.e. stamped with an official stamp known as an Apostille.
  • Certificates may require that witnesses swear an Affidavit stating that you are free to marry and that this is appended.



Required Information[edit]

  • Date of birth
  • Full name of the person
  • Book, folio and the place of registration
  • Nationality
  • Statement
  • Date
  • Signature of the person who declares
  • Signature of the witnesses



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Need for the Document[edit]

Following are procedures on how to apply for a singleness certificate.

A Singleness Certificate or Single Status Certificate also referred to as a No Marriage Affidavit, Certificate of Freedom to Marry or Certificate of No Impediment, is a sworn statement saying that you are eligible to marry.

Overseas marriage authorities often require further evidence that the party is free to marry. Such evidence may be a statement from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages that there is no record of the person having been previously married or a 'Single Status Certificate' or 'No Records Result'.



Information which might help[edit]

Through a sworn affidavit the applicant confirms that they are who they claim to be. The Single Status Letter or Affidavit says that they are able and free to marry among other things. Bear in mind that one fact about the Single Status Affidavit is that it is not a government document; rather, it is a letter from the affiant signed in front of a notary public. An interesting fact about this type of document is that there are many names given for it. For example look at this list: "Single Status Statutory Declaration" or a "Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage" or a "Single Status Certificate" or "Free-to-marry statement".



Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

In order for non-nationals to marry in a foreign country you will most likely be required to produce legal documentation from your country of citizenship verifying single status and that you are free to marry. This is known as a 'Certificate of No Impediment', 'Certificate de Coutume', 'Certificate of Nulla Osta' or a 'Certificate of Freedom to Marry'.


External Links[edit]

  • Request Certificate
http://www.renap.gob.gt/solicitud-de-certificaciones

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala

Government of Guatemala Links

National Registry of Persons



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Others[edit]

If you are planning to marry in another country, you may be required to obtain a Certificate of Non-Impediment. This document has many different names such as Declaration of Non-Impediment to Marry, Statutory Declaration of Single Status, Affidavit of Intended Marriage, Statement In-Lieu of Certificate of Non-Impediment to Marriage Abroad, Certificate de Coutume, a Certificate of No Impediment, Certificate of Nulla Osta, Certificate of Freedom to Marry or just free to marry.

The Bride & Groom to be married must provide from their country of Citizenship, individual Certificates of non impediment or Certificate of Single Status/Sworn Affidavit, as proof that they are both indeed single and eligible to marry. This is also called an affidavit of single status or negative statement of marriage. This document can be obtained at the Bureau of Vital statistics in their city they reside.

Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage

This can be obtained from your local department of foreign affairs or your embassy in the country in which you are getting married.

Certificate of Single Status/Sworn Affidavit that you are free to marry

These are similar to a Certificate of No Impediment, but instead you have to swear you are single in front of a legal representative.