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Proof of Single Status - Cape Town


If you are based in South Africa  and have plans to get married overseas, you will have to provide to an authority abroad a single status certificate that proves you are single and not already married.

A certificate (or letter) of no impediment to marriage abroad is a certificate that confirms there are no objections to a proposed marriage or civil partnership. The relevance of the document to the marriage process is to establish whether there are obstructions preventing you from getting married. Some countries may require this document to get married in their territory. However, this not a universal requirement.

In South Africa, the Letter of No Impediment (LNI) is provided by your local Home Affairs where births, marriages and deaths are recorded. It can only be issued to South African Citizens and the certificate is valid and can be used for six months from the date of issuing. If you were married in the past, you would need a Letter of No Impediment and a copy of your decree of divorce to prove that you are not currently married.

When you have obtained the Letter of No Impediment (LNI), it will normally need an apostille certificate for use outside of South Africa. The South African apostille is added to this documents when they are being used to confirm you are single and can marry abroad.

Apostille Document Requirements

In South Africa, apostille certificate can be affixed on  original document or on a notarised copy. Therefore, the document must be presented in good condition, with all stamps and signatures clear and readable.  Additionally, the documents must be free of alien markings or labels.

Certain documents, such as police clearance certificates must be recent for obvious reasons. This may also apply to marriage certificates and other documents representing a current status of the people represented in the certificate.


9 Frequently Asked Questions About Apostille In South Africa

Gathering the proper paperwork to get  an apostille in South Africa can be confusing. We understand that working with the government and the all necessary paperwork can feel overwhelming. But don’t worry; we are here to answer your questions regarding the apostille process. We are asked a lot of questions and wanted to share some with you

The Apostille  certificate is an official government issued certificate attached to public documents so these documents can be valid for use internationally. The Apostille was introduced as an alternative to the old and long legalization process through The Hague Convention of October 5, 1961.  

It is an intergovernmental convention which set about establishing a simplified system to allow documentation originating in one member country to be easily recognized as authentic in another member country. The norms were established at The Hague Convention of 6 October 1961.

As a general rule of thumb, apostille certificates are necessary when a document from one country has to be used in another country’s legal proceedings. For example, you may be a citizen of South Africa who is seeking residency in a European country like France. In order to get the residency status you want, you may need an apostilled version of your South African birth certificate to prove your identity.

Any country that is a member of the Hague Convention will accept an apostille certificate from South Africa without further legalisation.

In South Africa, Apostilles certificates  are provided by the South African High Courts and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) located in Pretoria.

If you apply for our standard service we can legalise your document in 2-4 working days. We also offer a same day- Express apostille service. Read about it here

  • High Court Apostille : R 650.00 per document
  • Translation + Apostille: R 850.00 per document

No, foreign documents cannot be apostilled in South Africa. South Africa is only allowed to apostille documents from our country. All foreign documents must receive the apostille or legalization from the country of origin.

In most cases, yes. Depending on the document, you may need an original sent to us or there are times we can work with a copy. But it is usually not a problem to receive your apostille on a South African document, no matter where in the world you are located.

Global-Apostille offer fast, efficient and seamless service to meet your expectation. Client confidentiality as paramount and endeavour to provide a first class service to our clients. To find out more about our fast and reliable document legalisation service.
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