Certificate of Non-Impediment for New York City Residents

DECEMBER 12, 2016date

certificate of non-impediment in New York City

If you want to get married in a foreign country, and if you live in New York City (Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, Manhattan, NYC), the City of New York will issue you a Certificate of Non-Impediment. This is an official Certification that the Office of the City Clerk of the New York City Marriage Bureau has no information that would be an "impediment" to your getting a marriage license. Certificates of Non-Impediment can only be issued to NYC residents. You need to go to the Marriage Bureau in Manhattan personally to get the Certificate of Non-Impediment. If you cannot do this, the only option you have is the notarized Single Status Affidavit.

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Single Status Affidavit or Affidavit of Eligiblity to Marry

Single Status Affidavit (also called "No Marriage Affidavit" or "Certificate of Freedom to Marry", "Certificate of Non-Impediment", "Affidavit of Eligibility to Marry", "Certificate of Free Status", "Free to Marry Statement", "Affidavit of Civil Status", etc.) is a sworn statement that you are not married at the present time and are eligible to marry. This document is almost always required as a supporting document for getting married in a foreign country. 

Single Status Affidavit forms are different for different countries. They reflect the requirements of the officials in the country where the document shall be used. Some Single Status Affidavits are bilingual (e.g. English/Spanish, English/Vietnamese, etc.) At the prosent time our samples are not downloadable. We will do our best to email the requested document to you as soon as possible. In most cases you will receive it by email within a few hours. Please contact us.

After you complete the Single Status Affidavit form, you will need to sign it and have your signature notarized by a New York notary. Then, mail the notarized original to us, and we will assist you with obtaining an apostille or foreign embassy legalization.

If you live in a different state, please have your signature notarized by a local notary. We legalize document originating from all U.S. states.

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Apostille-priceNew York apostille: $175 (FedEx 2nd day within the U.S. is included)
If your document has been notarized in a different state, follow this link to our U.S. Apostilles site
Processing time (New York Apostille): depends on the county where the notary public is qualified. 2-3 bus. days for New York City, Kings, Queens, Broonx, Richmond counties, 4-7 bus. days for other counties.

FedEx (standard overnight): $25
FedEx International is $60 (most countries)
FedEx International to Eastern Europe and South America: $90
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