Letter of No Impediment South Africa

Letter of No Impediment

A South African who has decided to get married abroad in a foreign country, will need a Letter (Certificate) of No Impediment. They will be required to submit an Apostille Letter of No Impediment to foreign authorities. A South African national may also get married to a foreigner within the borders of South Africa

 

What is a letter of No Impediment?

The Letter of No Impediment is a certificate issued by the Department of Home Affairs to confirm the marital status of the individual as well as their rights and freedom to get married legally. An absence of the letter may result in an individual not being allowed to marry, within the foreign borders, or it can fail to have the marriage registered in that country.

 

Why you should get the Letter of No Impediment?

When you are getting married in a country that is a signatory to the Hague Convention of 1961, you will need to submit an Apostilled letter of No Impediment. If the country is not a Hague signatory, the document will have to be authenticated. This is a government official document, that proves that a thorough search has been done on your credentials. It also proves that no record of marriage was found in your name. The document can be used for legal procedures, both inside and outside of South Africa. It may be used for visa applications and marital procedures.

The legalization process

The process begins with an individual lodging an application for a Letter of No Impediment with the Department of Home Affairs. The government document can only be legalized if it is on an original Home Affairs letterhead. It should be signed and stamped by an authorized Home Affairs official, from the Department of Home Affairs Head Office. It is valid for six months from the date of issue.

The  Impediment letter does exist in other countries but it is known with different names. It is known as the letter of Non-Impediment and Certificate of No Record of Marriage. It is also known as a Single Statement or No Marital Status Certificate. If a foreigner wants to marry a South African citizen, they should both present valid passports and a Letter of No Impediment. The foreigner should obtain the letter from their country of citizenship or the embassy or consulate in South Africa. The document will clarify that they are not married in their country of citizenship and they are free to marry in South Africa. If it is in a different language, it must be accompanied by a sworn translation

 

Apostille Service SA

Apostille Service SA has experience in  Apostilling Letters of No Impediment and we are knowledgeable in the Apostille process. Trust us with legalizing documents at the Pretoria High Court or DIRCO. You can courier your document to us and we will ensure swift service delivery and have your documents accurately legalized. You are guaranteed to receive your Apostilled Letter of No Impediment safely via trusted couriers. Our services include  Apostile of various documents including Police Clearance, Education Certificates, medical certificates, and business documents. Apostille Service SA provides professional translations with an official certified Sworn Translator available.

 

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An Apostilled Letter of No Impediment is a government official document. Its purpose shows that a thorough search has been done on your document. It also proves that no record of marriage was found in your name. The document is used for legal procedures both inside and outside of South Africa.
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2 thoughts on “Letter of No Impediment South Africa

  1. Good evening,
    How do I get a letter of no impediment? It has to be unabridged and apostilled.
    What will be the cost?

  2. Dear Sir/Madam,

    I require a Certificate of No Impediment for marriage purposes. I currently reside in the Netherlands and want require the certificate for a visa application for my partner and the duration.

    Kindly advise the cost for this and also advise if you do unabridged birth certificate applications as well and the costs thereof.

    Thank you.

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