Scotland - Obtain Certificate of No Impediment (CONI) / Single Status Certificate
- 1 Procedure
- 2 Required Documents
- 3 Office Locations & Contacts
- 4 Eligibility
- 5 Fees
- 6 Validity
- 7 Documents to Use
- 8 Sample Documents
- 9 Processing Time
- 10 Related Videos
- 11 Instructions
- 12 Required Information
- 13 Need for the Document
- 14 Information which might help
- 15 Other uses of the Document/Certificate
- 16 External Links
- 17 Others
For Residents of Scotland
- Go to the local registrar and submit a notice as if you were getting married in Scotland.
- Fill in the marriage notice form M10
- Submit the form along with your birth certificate and, if you have been married before, your divorce decree.
- Pay the appropriate application fee.
It is not possible for a non resident of Scotland to obtain a CONI, instead you may ask for a To Whom It May Concern letter be issued on your behalf stating that a search of the marriage indexes in Scotland has been made and no trace of a marriage involving you has been found. The letter can also be provided for other purposes, for example, taking up residence in another country.
To obtain the letter go to the Marriage Section at New Register House and submit the following information:
- Your full name and postal address.
- The reason for requiring letter
- Your date and place of birth.
- Your mothers maiden surname.
- If you have been i) married before, name of previous spouse and date and place of divorce; or ii) widowed, spouse name and date of death
For Residents of Scotland
- Completed M10 form
- Birth Certificate
- Divorce Decree (for previously married individuals)
Office Locations & Contacts
New Register House
3 West Register Street
Switchboard: 0131 334 0380
The switchboard is open: 08:30 to 17:00 Monday to Thursday, and 08:30 to 16:30 on Friday.
The international code for the UK is 44, then drop the first 0 e.g. +44 131 334 0380.
Residents of Scotland.
Processing Fee of CONI: 30
Processing fee for the LETTER is GBP5 for every 5 years or part of 5 years searched from:
- age 16 if you were born in Scotland and have never been married before; or
- the date of divorce/death of spouse if widowed; or
- date of taking up residence in Scotland if you were born outside Scotland
If you are paying by cheque or postal order, it should be made payable to The Scottish Government
The CONI is valid for 3 months from the date of issue.
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The registrar may issue the certificate in 15 days after submission of the marriage notice and payment of the fee.
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Need for the Document
Marriage is a legal contract binding two people together, granting them rights and obligations. Some overseas countries would require a "Certificate of No Impediment (CONI)" to be submitted before you can proceed with the actual marriage ceremony. This certificate proves that you are not already legally married or in a civil union in your country of citizenship or residence.
Following are procedures on how to obtain a Certificate of No Impediment.
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