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United Kingdom - Single Status Certificate / Certificate of No Impediment (No Objection to Marriage)

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Procedure

In the UK a Certificate of No Impediment is issued by your local Registrar. The prescribed form when applying for a Certificate of No Impediment in England and Wales is slightly different to that of Scotland or Northern Ireland.

Exceptions to the standard application process are if you are getting married in a Commonwealth country (the UK does not issue CNIs for marriages in Commonwealth countries, in its place you may be required to swear an affidavit confirming your legal capacity to marry) or if you are marrying an Irish national and live in England or Wales (an application for a CNI is made to the FCO in London). Information outlining these requirements and forms to be used may be found on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.

Application

  • If resident in England and Wales, a Certificate of No Impediment is obtained by Giving Notice (publishing the Banns) at your local Register Office no more than six months before your wedding date. The actual Certificate of No Impediment will be issued between 16 and 23 days after you have given notice. Additional information in regard to applying for a Certificate of No Impediment may be found on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.
  • If resident in Scotland, a Certificate of No Impediment is obtained by Giving Notice (complete marriage notice form M10 at your local Register Office. The actual Certificate of No Impediment can be issued 15 days after you have given notice. It is important to note that Scottish Certificates of No Impediment are only valid for three months after the date of issue. Additional information in regard to applying for a Certificate of No Impediment may be found on the General Register Office for Scotland website.
  • If resident in Northern Ireland a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Marry (Certificate of No Impediment) is obtained by Giving Notice (complete marriage notice form GRO446) at your local Register Office. The actual Certificate of Legal Capacity to Marry can be issued 15 days after you have given notice. Additional information in regard to applying for a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Marry may be found on the General Register Office for Northern Ireland website.

UK citizens who are resident abroad should contact their nearest British Diplomatic or Consular Mission who will provide information on how to apply for a Certificate of No Impediment.

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Required Documents

  • 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.
  • All documentation should be original or certified copies.



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Office Locations & Contacts

General Register Office
[email protected] (include GQ in the subject of your email)
Telephone: 0300 123 1837
Text phone: 18001 0300 123 1837
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturday, 9am to 4pm

General Register Office
PO Box 2
Southport
PR8 2JD

Certificates of No Impediment
Consular Directorate
K4.9
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street
London
SW1A 2AH

General Register Offices
Search for your local register office
Embassies of United Kingdom Abroad


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Eligibility

In most cases, if you are marrying overseas and you live in the UK, you can obtain a CNI from your local register office. If you live overseas, you should contact your nearest British Embassy or Consulate who will be able to provide you with details on how to apply for a CNI. There are exceptions to this (principally for marriages in Commonwealth countries or if you are marrying an Irish national) and further details on these can be found below.


Fees

The fee for this service is 65.00 (not including postage; price correct, March 2013) but this is subject to change.



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Instructions

You should check with the authorities in the country where you are marrying whether they can accept the CNI as issued by the UK registrar or if it must be exchanged for a locally acceptable version (iea certificate in the local language) issued by the British Embassy or Consulate. If it needs to be exchanged for a locally acceptable version please contact the nearest British Embassy or Consulate to where you are getting married who will be able to do this for you.

If the authorities will accept the CNI as issued in the UK you should also check whether it needs to be legalised or translated into the local language.

Legalised means the certificate needs to be stamped with an official stamp (an apostille) by the UK Legalisation Office. We can do this for you - see our Legalisation pages for more information.

If you need to have your CNI translated please contact the Institute of Linguists who will be able to provide you details of certified translators.


Required Information

  • Full Name
  • Passport or ID number
  • Place and Date of Birth
  • Nationality
  • Gender
  • Statement
  • Date
  • Signature of the person who declares
  • Signature of the witnesses
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Need for the Document

A Certificate of No Impediment (CNI) is a certificate which confirms there are no objections to your proposed marriage.

If you are getting married overseas, you may be asked to prove that you are single or that you are allowed to marry. In most cases, you will be able to obtain a CNI for this purpose. You should check with the authorities in the country where you are getting married if you need a CNI.



Information which might help

Also known as a Certificate of No Impediment, Single Status Affidavit or Certificate, Certificate of No Record or Single Status Statutory Declaration, this is a sworn statement certifying that you are legally eligible to marry.

A UK Certificate of No Impediment can be issued either in the UK by a district superintendent registrar at your local registry office or a British Embassy Consular official if you are abroad.

If you are getting married abroad, you may need to provide a certified translation of your Certificate of No Impediment.


Other uses of the Document/Certificate

This document will most likely be required as a supporting document if you are getting married in a foreign country.

This document can also be required for employment in a foreign country.


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UK Government

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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.

  • 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.