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Canada - Single Status Certificate (Single Status Declaration, Single Status Affidavit)

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A Single Status Declaration or Single Status Affidavit is a document that, at minimum, states your present marital status, the name and citizenship of your future spouse, as well as your permanent address in Canada. Once the document has been drafted, imust be signed and then notarized by a Canadian Notary Public.

Apply in person:

  1. Draft the application format for the document or download a format via online.Sample format
  2. Having drafted the document and filling all the required information, present it to the public notary for notarization. You can either walk in or book for an appointment via online notary services Notary service
    NOTE: If you need to sign the document in question, make sure you sign it in front of the notary.They need to actually watch you sign the document, so don’t do it in advance.Make sure that the notary signs the document and also has their name clearly printed. The Department of Foreign Affairs will reject a document if they cannot read the name of the notary.
  3. Take the signed document to the department of public affairs for authentication and legalization for the use of abroad.
    NOTE: The Department of Foreign Affairs and each diplomatic mission have very specific requirements for the authentication and legalization of Canadian documents. It is very important to do your research in advance to ensure your documents are prepared correctly.
  4. If you are not in Canada visit the Canadian embassy or consulate to enquire for notary and authentication services in the country you are residing in.

What is notarization?
To have a document notarized means to have a specially authorized person, called a Notary Public, witness the signing of the document. The Notary Public will then place their signature and stamp on the document, certifying that they have witnessed the signature and verified the identity of the parties involved.


Required Documents[edit]

  • National identity card or Passport.
  • Proof of address.
  • If divorced, Decree Absolute.
  • If widowed, Death Certificate of previous spouse (and Marriage Certificate).
  • If your name has been changed by Deed Poll, proof is necessary.
  • The relevant fee.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Vital Statistics/Registrar

777 Bay St. at the market Level

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Official documents Services
222 Jarvis Street, Main floor
Toronto, Ontario
M7A 0B6
Tel : 416 325-8416
Fax: 416-325-8434
Provincial Vital Statistics Offices
Embassies and Consulates


Canada citizens who wish to marry and need to prove that they are currently not married


Fees normally vary depending with country you are in.


Valid period of this document varies in different countries, visit the Canada embassy or consulate to enquire for more details about validity.

Documents to Use[edit]

Statutory declaration of single status to marry in Dominican Republic


Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

2 weeks

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  • Visit in your province, request MARRIAGE SEARCH LETTER or MARRIAGE RECORD SEARCH.
  • Pay the applicable fee for processing which will take around two weeks for the document to be produced.
  • Once you receive the document, take to the notary public for notarization, remember to sign the document at the notary offices.
  • Once it has be signed, present it to the department of foreign affairs for Authentication and legalization.

Required Information[edit]

  • Full name (Sur Name and Given Names)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Age at Present
  • Mothers Given Name
  • Fathers Given Name
  • Postal Address
  • Residential Address


Need for the Document[edit]

  • A Single Status Declaration or Single Status Affidavit is a document that, at minimum, states your present marital status, the name and citizenship of your future spouse, as well as your permanent address in Canada.
  • You will need to provide this document in order to marry when you are required by the authority of your country.

Information which might help[edit]

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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External Links[edit]

Goverment ofCanada
Canada single status Visa
Red Seal Notary



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