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FAQ About Weddings

Can I get a British marriage certificate if I marry abroad?

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.

Can I have a same sex wedding abroad?

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.

Can I register an overseas marriage in the UK when I return?

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.

Does each person need to declare a statutory declaration?

Joint declarations are not accepted. Statutory declarations are to be declared per person and must include passport numbers, address and line of employment.

For how long are my documents valid?

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.

How do I get a copy of my birth certificate?

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:

  • Full name of the person
  • Name, telephone number and postal address of the person receiving the certificate
  • Exact date or year of the event
  • Place where the event took place
  • Name and surname of the father
  • Name, surname and maiden name of the mother
  • GRO index reference (if you have it)

How long are statutory declarations valid for?

Statutory declarations are valid for a period of three months from the date of issue.

How to get a certificate of no impediment

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.

I have been divorced twice; do I need both decrees translated?

No, only the last one provided that the name on your passport is the name that appears on your last divorce decree.

If I get married abroad, will my marriage be legal in the UK?

You should consult a lawyer to check as sometimes marriages conducted in other countries aren’t recognised in the UK.

Once I receive the marriage certificate in Spanish, do I need to have it translated into English?

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).

What documents can the UK General Register Office issue?

The UK General Register Office can issue documents such as birth, death, marriage and Civil Partnership Certificates, Certificates of No Impediment (CNIs).

What is a certificate of no impediment?

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.

What is a decree absolute?

This is the final certificate that legally dissolves a marriage (also known as a divorce certificate).

What is a deed poll?

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.

What is a notary public?

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.

What is a single status affidavit?

A single status affidavit is a sworn statement that you are eligible to marry. It is also known as single status statutory declaration.

What is a 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.

What is a statutory 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?

What is an affidavit?

An affidavit is a sworn legal statement used mainly to support certain applications or as evidence in court proceedings.

What is an apostille?

An official certificate issued by the Foreign Office to certify the authenticity of signatures/seals on a document.

Is the apostille included in your services?

Yes this is included as part of our full service offering

What other destinations do you legalise for?

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.

Can TLC UK do the statutory declarations for us?

No. This is done by either a notary public or a solicitor.

Do we each need to provide you with a statutory declaration or is it OK to get it signed as a couple?

You both need individual ones.

Are the Cuban Consulate fees included?

Yes this is included as part of our full service offering.

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