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How to get a single status affidavit

Updated July 20, 2017

Planning a wedding can be full of fun and merriment. If you are planning to get married outside your country of origin, and you are not a citizen of this country, proper documentation must be provided. Among this documentation is a single status affidavit. This affidavit, stating that you are currently unmarried, might be required prior to receiving a marriage license. Each country has separate laws regarding the single status affidavit. The United States no longer has a standard document, however you can prepare a sworn affidavit attesting to your freedom to marry. This affidavit will be accepted in most all countries.

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  1. Perform an online search for the specific policies of the country where you are getting married. Some country's websites have detailed instructions and marriage documents that can be downloaded directly from the site. Download the required document, fill it out, and follow directions to submit it along with any required fees.

  2. Visit a website that prepares or sells legal documents such as Apostille U.S or Legalization Wizard.

  3. Select "Preparation Documents." A list of document will appear on the page. Select "Single Status."

  4. Fill out the online application. Select "Online Application Form" located on the top of the page and fill out the application form.

  5. Select "Continue" located at the bottom of the page.

  6. Review the price estimate and the terms of agreement. Select "Continue" and fill out the contact information form.

  7. Select from the available payment choices, fill out payment information, review the status of the order and submit payment. The order will be begin processing after payment. The minimum time for this process is one business day. You will receive information on how to retrieve and download your affidavit.

  8. Download and print the affidavit, and bring it to a notary public to have it notarised in your state. To find the nearest notary public go to NotaryPubic.com

  9. Mail or fax the document back to the company that prepared the document. Within a minimum of four business days, you will receive the final official document in the mail.

  10. Tip

    Other names for "Single Status Affidavit" are, "Certificate of Freedom to Marry," "Certificate of No Impediment," or "No Marriage Affidavit."

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About the Author

Karina Cole

Karina Cole has been writing since 2008 and authored the book “Positive Affirmations.” As a therapist for a New York counseling service, she often covers stress, anxiety, relationships, careers and work/life balance. Cole obtained her master's degree in mental health counseling from Fordham University and her bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts.

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