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The Certificate of No Impediment (CNI) is now regularly requested of UK citizens that intend to marry abroad. Similar documents are used in other countries but within the UK the CNI is an official government issued document. When planning to get married overseas it is common that the authorities in that country will request a Certificate of No Impediment. This document is a way of
 
The Certificate of No Impediment (CNI) is now regularly requested of UK citizens that intend to marry abroad. Similar documents are used in other countries but within the UK the CNI is an official government issued document. When planning to get married overseas it is common that the authorities in that country will request a Certificate of No Impediment. This document is a way of
 
proving that there is no Impediment/Obstruction in allowing you to be married and shows that there has been no objection to your proposed marriage.<br/>
 
proving that there is no Impediment/Obstruction in allowing you to be married and shows that there has been no objection to your proposed marriage.<br/>
 
  
 
'''Apply in person'''
 
'''Apply in person'''
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==Required Documents==
 
==Required Documents==
At the appointment you will need to provide evidence of:<br> 
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At the appointment you will need to provide evidence of:<br/
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Nationality – one of the following<br/> 
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*Valid passport; or
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*Nationality identity card; or 
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*Citizenship certificate confirming British Citizenship; or 
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*British birth certificates 
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*If you were born prior to 1 January 1983 we will need to see either your full or short birth certificate.
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*If you were born after 1 January 1983 we will need to see your full birth certificate, which includes your parents&#39; details, PLUS either your mother or father&#39;s birth certificate if your parents were married when you were born.  If your parents were unmarried when you were born then only your mother&#39;s birth certificate can be accepted.  If your parents were born outside the UK, then you must provide evidence of British nationality at the time of your birth.
  
*'''Nationality''' – one of the following
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'''Address – one of the following:'''<br/> 
**Valid passport; or
 
**Nationality identity card; or 
 
**Citizenship certificate confirming British Citizenship; or 
 
**British birth certificates 
 
***If you were born prior to 1 January 1983 we will need to see either your full or short birth certificate.
 
***If you were born after 1 January 1983 we will need to see your full birth certificate, which includes your parents&#39; details, PLUS either your mother or father&#39;s birth certificate if your parents were married when you were born.  If your parents were unmarried when you were born then only your mother&#39;s birth certificate can be accepted.  If your parents were born outside the UK, then you must provide evidence of British nationality at the time of your birth.<br><br>
 
  
*'''Address – one of the following:'''
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*Utility bill dated no more than 3 months prior to the date of the appointment; or
**Utility bill dated no more than 3 months prior to the date of the appointment; or
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*Bank or building society statement or passbook dated no more than one month prior to the date of the appointment; or
**Bank or building society statement or passbook dated no more than one month prior to the date of the appointment; or
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*Council tax bill dated no more than one year prior to the date of the appointment; or
**Council tax bill dated no more than one year prior to the date of the appointment; or
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*Mortgage statement from the last 12 months; or
**Mortgage statement from the last 12 months; or
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*Current residential tenancy agreement; or 
**Current residential tenancy agreement; or 
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*Valid driving license in the name of the person giving Notice of Marriage; or 
**Valid driving license in the name of the person giving Notice of Marriage; or 
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*Letter from the owner or proprietor of the address which is the person&#39;s place of residence.   
**Letter from the owner or proprietor of the address which is the person&#39;s place of residence. This letter must include:
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This letter must include:<br/>  
***The name, address, date and signature of the owner / proprietor
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*The name, address, date and signature of the owner / proprietor;
***Confirmation that this person is the owner / proprietor; and
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*Confirmation that this person is the owner / proprietor; and
***Confirmation of the name of the person giving Notice and that they have been resident at the address for at least the 8 days immediately prior to the Notice appointment.<br><br>
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*Confirmation of the name of the person giving Notice and that they have been resident at the address for at least the 8 days immediately prior to the Notice appointment. Evidence of your age - If either of you are under the age of 18 we will need to see proof that your parent, or guardians, agree to the marriage.  If your parents are divorced we may also need to see
:'''Evidence of your age''' - If either of you are under the age of 18 we will need to see proof that your parent, or guardians, agree to the marriage.  If your parents are divorced we may also need to see the court order that gives custody to one of them<br> 
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the court order that gives custody to one of them<br/
:'''Name''' – evidence of any name change (marriage certificate; deed poll etc)<br> 
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Name – evidence of any name change (marriage certificate; deed poll etc)<br/
:'''Evidence of condition''' – one of the following (as appropriate)
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Evidence of condition – one of the following (as appropriate)<br/>  
::*Decree absolute – if granted outside England and Wales, then the final divorce documents issued along with a full translation, if written in any language other than English. 
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*Decree absolute – if granted outside England and Wales, then the final divorce documents issued along with a full translation, if written in any language other than English. 
::*The death certificate of the spouse – if the person remarrying is not mentioned on the death certificate then you must also provide a certified copy of the marriage certificate.
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*The death certificate of the spouse – if the person remarrying is not mentioned on the death certificate then you must also provide a certified copy of the marriage certificate.
::*The presumed death certificate of the spouse Only original documents can be provided.  Photocopies will not be accepted
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*The presumed death certificate of the spouse Only original documents can be provided.  Photocopies will not be accepted
::*If you do not bring all the required original, valid documentation they will not be able to complete your notice and a further appointment will have to be booked and paid for.
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*If you do not bring all the required original, valid documentation they will not be able to complete your notice and a further appointment will have to be booked and paid for.
  
 
==Office Locations & Contacts==
 
==Office Locations & Contacts==
'''General Register Office'''<br>
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General Register Office<br>
 
[email protected] (include GQ in the subject of your email)<br>
 
[email protected] (include GQ in the subject of your email)<br>
 
Telephone: 0300 123 1837<br>
 
Telephone: 0300 123 1837<br>
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Saturday, 9am to 4pm<br><br>
 
Saturday, 9am to 4pm<br><br>
  
'''General Register Office'''<br>
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General Register Office<br>
 
PO Box 2<br>
 
PO Box 2<br>
 
Southport<br>
 
Southport<br>
 
PR8 2JD<br><br>
 
PR8 2JD<br><br>
  
'''Certificates of No Impediment'''<br>
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Certificates of No Impediment<br>
 
Consular Directorate<br>
 
Consular Directorate<br>
 
K4.9<br>
 
K4.9<br>
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[http://maps.direct.gov.uk/LDGRedirect/MapAction.do?ref=grolight Search for your local register office]<br>
 
[http://maps.direct.gov.uk/LDGRedirect/MapAction.do?ref=grolight Search for your local register office]<br>
 
[https://www.gov.uk/government/world Embassies of United Kingdom Abroad]
 
[https://www.gov.uk/government/world Embassies of United Kingdom Abroad]
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==Eligibility==
 
==Eligibility==
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==Fees==
 
==Fees==
[https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/births-marriages-and-deaths/register-office-fees Fees Details]
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For booking and using service, use this link to view fees in UK:<br/>
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[ https://www.milton- keynes.gov.uk/births-marriages-and-deaths/register-office-fees Fees Details]
  
 
==Validity==
 
==Validity==
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==Documents to Use==
 
==Documents to Use==
 
  Please attach documents that can be used by people. e.g. links
 
  Please attach documents that can be used by people. e.g. links
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https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/files/registration/m10-notes-and-m10-form-revised-october-2015.pdf
  
 
==Sample Documents==
 
==Sample Documents==
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==Processing Time==
 
==Processing Time==
28 days.
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Please explain processing time taken in obtaining the document/certificate.
  
 
==Related Videos==
 
==Related Videos==
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==Instructions==
 
==Instructions==
*When you are booking for an appointment please confirm the required documents to makes sure that you have all the necessary documents for the process otherwise you will need to rebook again and pay for a fresh appointment.
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When you are booking for an appointment please confirm the required documents to makes sure that you have all the necessary documents for the process otherwise you will need to rebook again and pay for a fresh appointment.
  
 
==Required Information==
 
==Required Information==
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==Need for the Document==
 
==Need for the Document==
*This document is a way of proving that there is no Impediment/Obstruction in allowing you to be married and shows that there has been no objection to your proposed marriage.
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This document is a way of proving that there is no Impediment/Obstruction in allowing you to be married and shows that there has been no objection to your proposed marriage.
  
 
==Information which might help==
 
==Information which might help==
*It is essential that you find out which documents you will need to present overseas to getmarried. If the documents need to be  legalized by apostille  you should arrange this before travelling abroad. However, do not complete this more than 3 to 6 months ahead of the wedding as some countries request the apostille has been issued recently.<br/>
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It is essential that you find out which documents you will need to present overseas to getmarried. If the documents need to be  legalized by apostille  you should arrange this before travelling abroad. However, do not complete this more than 3 to 6 months ahead of the wedding as some countries request the apostille has been issued recently.<br/>
*The UK doesn’t issue certificates of no impediment (CNIs) for marriages in Commonwealth countries. The British High Commission in Pretoria or the Consulate General in Cape Town can provide a letter to explain this if you’re asked to provide a CNI or a similar document to prove you’re allowed to marry. Contact the High Commission and Consulate General to arrange to collect a letter. The letter must be signed and stamped by a member of theconsular staff. 
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The UK doesn’t issue certificates of no impediment (CNIs) for marriages in Commonwealth countries. The British High Commission in Pretoria or the Consulate General in Cape Town can provide a letter to explain this if you’re asked to provide a CNI or a similar document to prove you’re allowed to marry. Contact the High Commission and Consulate General to arrange to collect a letter. The letter must be signed and stamped by a member of theconsular staff. 
  
 
==Other uses of the Document/Certificate==
 
==Other uses of the Document/Certificate==
Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
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This document will most likely be required as a supporting document if you are getting married in a foreign country.  
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.
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This document can also be required for employment in a foreign country.
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==External Links==
 
==External Links==
[https://www.hagueapostille.co.uk/ Apostille of Hague]<br>
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Apostille of Hague:<br/>
[https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk Milton Keynes Council]<br>
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[ https://www.hagueapostille.co.uk/ Refer Link]
[https://www.gov.uk/ Services] <br>
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Milton Keynes Council:<br/>  
[http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/births-deaths-marriages-civil/marriage-and-civil-partnerships/CNI-nulla-ostas Foreign and Commonwealth Office]
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[ https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk Refer Link]
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GOV.UK: [ www.gov.uk Services]<br/>
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  
 
==Others==
 
==Others==
More information which might help people.
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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.
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*Certificates may need to be translated.
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*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.
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*Certificates may need to be legalized i.e. stamped with an official stamp known as an Apostille.
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*Certificates may require that witnesses swear an Affidavit stating that you are free to marry and that this is appended.
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