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What is a Statutory Declaration?

A statutory declaration or affidavit is a declaration made in a prescribed form before a solicitor, a notary public or another person authorised to administer an oath (commissioner of oaths) and it is mainly used to support certain applications or as evidence in court proceedings.

If either you or your partner (or both) are single, the statutory declaration may be called single status statutory declaration or single status affidavit.

In the case of weddings in the Dominican Republic, the statutory declaration will state that you are free to marry, but please note that this document is per person; it is not a joint declaration.

Example of a
Statutory Declaration:

Statutory Declaration Template

How do I obtain the Statutory Declarations for my Dominican wedding?

In order to obtain these important documents, both you and your partner would need to attend a UK solicitor or notary’s office in person with your passport (and maybe a proof of address). Please note that this needs to be done 3 months before your wedding and not earlier, as the statutory declarations are valid for only that period of time.

The solicitor or notary would then complete a form per person with your details and certify it. Usually, this form can also be found as a template online and you can complete it before you attend the solicitor’s office. However, please make sure that the following details are stated on the form:

  • Full name (as it is shown on the rest of documents)
  • Current address
  • Nationality
  • Passport no.
  • Parents’ names
  • Occupation
  • A sentence where you declare that you are free to marry
  • Your signature
  • The solicitor’s name, stamp and signature
  • The place and date of the declaration

Please make sure that the sentence “I make this Solemn Declaration conscientiously believing the same to be true and by virtue of the Provisions of the Statutory Declarations Act XXXX” appears on the declaration. Also, the solicitor or notary needs to introduce a sentence such as “Declared before me” as well as his signature and stamp, otherwise the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will not legalise the document.

Once you have obtained your statutory declarations for getting married in the Dominican Republic, TLC UK can take care of their translation and legalisation for you, so why not asking the team for a quotation?

Statutory Declaration Template