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Uganda - Obtain a Single Status Letter (Certificate)

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Procedure[edit]

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 Uganda. 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 registrars 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.

The applicant shows up before a Registrar of Marriages for an interview

He/she submits:

  • A recommendation letter from the LC 1 chairperson where the applicant resides
  • A photocopy of the long birth certificate to prove parentage
  • Proof of nationality for example a voters card, passport or national identification card
  • A statutory declaration from the applicant to prove that he/she is single
  • A statutory declaration from the parent to prove that their son/daughter is single
  • Fees payable: Ug shs 25,000


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Required Documents[edit]

  • A recommendation letter from the LC 1 chairperson where the applicant resides
  • A photocopy of the long birth certificate to prove parentage
  • Proof of nationality for example a voters card, passport or national identification card
  • A statutory declaration from the applicant to prove that he/she is single
  • A statutory declaration from the parent to prove that their son/daughter is single

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

For ANY inquiries, Please Call any of the numbers below and you can also write to:

Uganda Registration Services Bureau
Plot 5 George Street, Georgian House
P.O.Box 6848 Kampala Uganda


URSB General Line: +256 414 233 219

Registrar General: +256 414 235 915

URSB Fax: +256 414 250 712

Director Business Registration: +256 414 258 819

Director Civil Registration: +256 414 341 663

Director Intellectual Property: +256 414 258 818

Email address: ursb@ursb.go.ug

Website: http://www.ursb.go.ug

Contacts

Working Hours

Week Days

Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Weekends

Saturday and Sunday: Off

Public Holidays: Off

Any exceptions will be communicated.


Embassies & Consulates



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Eligibility[edit]

This is a letter confirming one's marital status. It is only issued to Ugandan citizens.

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.


Fees[edit]

Fees payable: Ug shs 25,000



Validity[edit]

Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever



Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

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Instructions[edit]

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.


Required Information[edit]

  • Full Name
  • Passport or ID number
  • Place and Date of Birth
  • Nationality
  • Gender
  • Statement
  • Date
  • Signature of the person who declares
  • Signature of the witnesses


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Need for the Document[edit]

This is a letter confirming one's marital status.

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'.


Information which might help[edit]

Civil Registry

Civil registration is the official recording of ones particulars in the official form provided by the law and recognized both nationally and internationally. Birth, death, adoption and marriage are part of a broad civil registration system also referred to as the registration of civil events.

This section is mandated under the laws mentioned below to ensure that all the materials related to the above are delivered to all the gazetted registration centers, hospitals and ensure that the reports and returns are submitted back to the section quarterly.

The section has so far developed guidelines on procedures for registration and now is in the process of piloting mobile registration. It is therefore our mandate to ensure that all birth, death, adoption and marriages occurring in Uganda are registered. Despite several challenges, the section has done its best to serve the public with due diligence.

The objectives and functions of the Civil Directorate include provision of births, deaths, marriages and adoption registration services, collection and accounting for all revenue generated from the provision of these services.


Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

This document will most likely be required as a supporting document if you are getting married in a foreign country.

This document can also be required for employment in a foreign country.


External Links[edit]

Uganda Registration Services Bureau

The Republic of Uganda - Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Uganda National Web Portal

Uganda Online - Government of Uganda

Local Governments

Government Agencies


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Others[edit]

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'.

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.