No, you will obtain a marriage certificate from the country you marry in, and this will need to be translated into English in order to change your name.
Same sex marriages are now a reality in some countries, among these: Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Portugal, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, South Africa and parts of the United States.
There is no legal requirement to deposit your foreign marriage or civil partnership certificate with the GRO, or to have your marriage/civil partnership recorded in the UK. The deposit of a foreign certificate does not make the marriage legal in the UK, nor does it ‘recognise’ the marriage as a valid one.
Joint declarations are not accepted. Statutory declarations are to be declared per person and must include passport numbers, address and line of employment.
Validity varies from country to country. Your travel agent will be best placed to advise you. Alternatively, please contact us and we'll be happy to help.
You can obtain a copy of your birth certificate from your local register office. Alternatively, just send us the following details and we will find your birth certificate and deliver it to you:
Statutory declarations are valid for a period of three months from the date of issue.
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.
No, only the last one provided that the name on your passport is the name that appears on your last divorce decree.
You should consult a lawyer to check as sometimes marriages conducted in other countries aren’t recognised in the UK.
Yes, you will need your marriage certificate translated into English and certified by an authorized translator in order to deposit your marriage certificate in the UK or, for example, change the name on your bank account. We can provide this service for just £93 (including VAT).
The UK General Register Office can issue documents such as birth, death, marriage and Civil Partnership Certificates, Certificates of No Impediment (CNIs).
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.
This is the final certificate that legally dissolves a marriage (also known as a divorce certificate).
A deed, or written document that is signed, sealed and delivered, to which there is only one party – for instance, one that declares a change of name and gives a legal proof of name change.
A notary public is a solicitor who holds an internationally recognised public office. Their job is to prepare, attest, authenticate and certify documents (e.g. translations), for use anywhere in the world.
A single status affidavit is a sworn statement that you are eligible to marry. It is also known as single status statutory declaration.
It is a legal declaration in which a person declares their single marital status. The SSSD is per person; it is not a joint declaration.
A statutory declaration is a declaration signed by a solicitor/notary public which states that there are no impediments for the declarer to get married.
See also What is a Statutory Declaration?
An affidavit is a sworn legal statement used mainly to support certain applications or as evidence in court proceedings.
An official certificate issued by the Foreign Office to certify the authenticity of signatures/seals on a document.
Yes this is included as part of our full service offering
Depending on where in the world you are getting married, you might need elements of translation and/or legalisation done before your wedding. If you are unsure if you require legalisation services for your wedding destination and need advice please contact us.
No. This is done by either a notary public or a solicitor.
You both need individual ones.
Yes this is included as part of our full service offering.