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It is important that you choose the most suitable cost effective delivery method for the return of your documents.
Delivery anywhere in the world
If you are planning on marrying in a foreign country then sometimes a Certificate of No Record of Marriage is fundamental. It will be necessary to plan ahead and find out if the country you are intending to marry in is a signatory country of the Hague Convention of 1961. Countries that recognize the Hague Convention of 1961 will be using a system of documentation that can afford the individual an easier paperwork process. In these countries to use the documents in question your certificate will need to be Apostilled. However, if the country that you are getting married in is not then other means will be essential. For example, the process of authentication Certificate of No Record of Marriage in a non-Hague Convention country is done on at least three different levels. Unfortunately this is a longer process.
Many names for this type of document can be found: Certificate of No Impediment, Single Statement, No Marital Status Certificate or Negative Statement of Marriage. However, it is a government document that provides information saying that a search has been conducted and no record of marriage has surfaced. This is a peculiar document in the fact that the process is not necessarily undertaken statewide; moreover, this kind of article is limited in terms of its jurisdiction. The No Record of Marriage generally operates on a more granular level; that is, in the United States of America this government record operates on the county level. For example, Florida can conduct state wide document searches; however, being that no national database exists anyone can be married in one state and show a status of non-married in another. Essentially, each state is not aware of transactions in another: one state will not have a record of even a neighboring state.
It is advisable to follow the guidelines that certain authorities deem necessary. Those wishing to marry overseas will need special documentation. First, couples will have to present a declaration that is processed by the department of Home Affairs . On this statement will be recorded the fact that there has not be any marriage in recent years.
A special note
Please be aware that the Certificate of No Record of Marriage will probably not be accepted by some foreign countries marriage authorities that are more than three months old.
For further information or a quotation please contact us on:
Louwrens Koen Attorneys
311 Eastwood Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, Gauteng, South-Africa
Telephone +27(0) 87 0010 733
Cell: 084 316 3765
No and yes. Documents requiring acknowledgments do not need to be signed in the Notary's presence. However, the signer must appear before the Notary at the time of notarization to acknowledge that he or she freely signed for the purposes stated in the document. We however prefer you to sign or to resign the document any documents in front of the notary.
An acknowledgment certificate indicates that the signer personally appeared before the Notary, was identified by the Notary, and acknowledged to the Notary that the document was freely signed.
On the other hand, documents requiring a jurat must indeed be signed in the Notary's presence, as dictated by the typical jurat wording, "Subscribed (signed) and sworn to before me..."
In executing a jurat, a Notary guarantees that the signer: personally appeared before the Notary, was given an oath or affirmation by the Notary, and signed in the Notary's presence. In addition, even though it may not be a statutory requirement that the Notary positively identify a signer for a jurat, it is always a good idea to do so.
Contact us for a detailed explanation of the process, time frames and costs. If your requirements are complicated or you are experiencing difficulty in following the procedures outlined on this web page, request assistance by contacting us.
Telephone: +27 (0) 087 0010 733
Cell: +27 (0) 84 316 3765
311 Eastwood Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, Gautenf, South Africa.
Document: Birth Certificate
Processing time: Normally completed in 1 to 2 working days.
South-African birth certificates normally need to be legalised by means of an apostille or authentication certificate when registering a birth in another country or proving your identity.
There are two versions of birth certificates:
Abridged Birth Certificate -
Unabridged Birth Certificate -
We recommend when possible you always legalise Unabridged Birth Certificate. We can even legalise the original Unabridged birth certificate.
The legalisation of South-African birth certificates usually takes 1 to 2 days.