Single Status documents in Canada

Published on Tuesday, December 6, 2016

If you are getting married abroad, you know there are countless details involved in planning a destination wedding.  It is crucial to know exactly what documentation is required from the bride and groom, and how to make sure these documents are prepared correctly.

One such requirement will likely be a document to prove your single status. In Canada, there are three types of documents that can be used to support your single status.

Single Status Declaration

This is a statement that you make in writing which you sign and have witnessed by a Canadian Notary Public.

Provincial Marriage Search

This is a document that may be ordered from your province of residence that states that there are no marriages registered in your name in that province.

Statement in Lieu of Certificate of Non-impediment to Marriage Abroad

If you have been asked for a Statement in Lieu of Certificate of Non-impediment to Marriage Abroad, it can be requested from Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa.

The documents required to get your Statement in Lieu are:

  • Single Status Declaration (notarized by a Canadian Notary Public)
  • Canadian Birth Certificate, or Record of Landing form and Canadian Citizenship Card (originals or certified true copies)
  • Divorce/Death Certificate, if applicable (original or certified true copy)

Once you have determined exactly what documents you will need to provide to get married abroad, you may need to have your documents authenticated and legalized, also commonly known as the apostille process. This involves having the documents “authenticated” by Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa and then “legalized” by the diplomatic mission of your destination country.

We can remove the stress, hassle and several weeks of processing time involved in doing this yourself. Send your documents to us and we will take care of the rest.

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