Qatar - Single Status Certificate
A Single Status Certificate also referred to as a No Marriage Affidavit, Certificate of Freedom to Marry or Certificate of No Impediment, is a sworn statement saying that you are eligible to marry.
Overseas marriage authorities often require further evidence that the party is free to marry. Such evidence may be a statement from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages that there is no record of the person having been previously married or a 'Single Status Certificate' or 'No Records Result'.
In order for non-nationals to marry in a foreign country you will most likely be required to produce legal documentation from your country of citizenship verifying single status and that you are free to marry. This is known as a 'Certificate of No Impediment', 'Certificate de Coutume', 'Certificate of Nulla Osta' or a 'Certificate of Freedom to Marry'.
Please also be aware that a standard Single Status Certificate or Certificate of No Impediment may be insufficient on its own to allow a marriage to take place in a foreign country. You may be required by the foreign authorities to comply with the following, so please ensure that you allow sufficient time for processing.
- Certificates may need to be translated.
- Certificates may need to be endorsed or exchanged for a locally acceptable version issued by your Embassy or Consulate in the country where you will marry.
- Certificates may need to be legalized i.e. stamped with an official stamp known as an Apostille.
- Certificates may require that witnesses swear an Affidavit stating that you are free to marry and that this is appended.
- Full Name
- Passport or ID number
- Place and Date of Birth
- Signature of the person who declares
- Signature of the witnesses
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 your local office where marriage documents are produced. This must be from the state where you live in Qatar. On this statement will be recorded the fact that there has not be any marriage in recent years.
Due to the fact that these types of documents are sought for foreign involvement one will need the local or state registrar’s account or declaration to be authenticated to work abroad.
- Go to the Civil Registry office where marriages are registered.
- Present and submit required documents.
- Complete a form and declare.
- Pay the fee.
- 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.
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Office Locations & Contacts
General Secretary of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs
Tornado Tower, 42nd and 43rd floor - West Bay
P.O. Box: 22257
Doha - Qatar
Tel: +974 44040444
Fax: +974 44040420
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The Consular Affairs Department provides legalization services for documents and papers through the Legalization Section at the Administration Building during office hours from 07:00 am to 01:00 pm.
Legalization can also made in the Governmental Services Centers in Musaimeer, Alwakra, Um Selal, Alzubara on two shifts as follows:
- Morning shift from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm.
- Morning shift from 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm (Except Alzubara).
Legalization can also made by diplomatic and consular missions of the State under the supervision of the Consular Affairs Department.
For more details about the services provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Governmental Services Centers, please download the Services Guide.
A transaction is reviewed and the legalization procedures will be completed within a period ranging from one minute to five minutes depending on the number of transactions, in the cases where the transaction was valid and complete with all required signatures and seals. However, in case the transaction lacks any signatures and seals, the customer is requested to complete the requirements and come back to do the authentication.
Other uses of the Document/Certificate
The Bride & Groom to be married must provide from their country of Citizenship, individual Certificates of non impediment or Certificate of Single Status/Sworn Affidavit, as proof that they are both indeed single and eligible to marry. This is also called an affidavit of single status or negative statement of marriage. This document can be obtained at the Bureau of Vital statistics in their city they reside.
If you are planning to marry in another country, you may be required to obtain a Certificate of Non-Impediment. This document has many different names such as Declaration of Non-Impediment to Marry, Statutory Declaration of Single Status, Affidavit of Intended Marriage, Statement In-Lieu of Certificate of Non-Impediment to Marriage Abroad, Certificate de Coutume, a Certificate of No Impediment, Certificate of Nulla Osta, Certificate of Freedom to Marry or just free to marry.
These certificates vary in the length of time they are valid for, which can sometimes only be a few months. Certain countries require that certificates be no older than 2 or 3 months at the time of your wedding. Therefore, it is important to check the requirements which apply to your circumstances and pay particular attention to timelines when you apply for a Certificate of No Impediment.