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Statutory Declaration – what is it?

Statutory Declaration – what is it?

A very frequently asked question and one which can cause some worry for people.

Statutory declarations or SDs do feature on our site but people visiting sometimes require SDs for other reasons other than getting married abroad, for example:

  • When having to declare their identity, nationality or marital status
  • When exporting/importing goods
  • For VISA applications
  • By Company directors when going into voluntary liquidation
  • And several other reasons

So what is a SD?

Statutory Declaration Example

Quite simply, a SD allows a person to affirm something is true in order to satisfy a legal requirement where no other evidence can be provided.

Typically, the information required to be completed on a SD will consist of:

  • Full name
  • Current address
  • Nationality
  • Passport no.
  • Parents’ names
  • Occupation
  • A sentence where you declare that you are free to marry (if say you are getting married abroad)
  • Your signature
  • The solicitor’s name, stamp and signature
  • The place and date of the declaration

What do I need to do?

You will need to contact a solicitor or UK Notary Public. They will be able to provide you with the necessary form but you will need to attend their office in person to sign. They will need to authenticate the document.

To locate your nearest UK Notary Public please use our directory.

Written by Darren Elliott