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Getting married outside the UK- Documents required to facilitate a marriage ceremony in a foreign country
As globalisation continues its course, marrying across countries is becoming increasingly popular: many couples take great pleasure in planning their wedding in ideal luxury resorts outside of the UK and interracial marriages usually involve one member of the couple to travel to the others home country. Combined with all the excitement surrounding planning weddings in foreign countries, lies a very serious process which requires a Notary. This is where our Notary Public can assist.
Our Notary Public will prepare the correct documents that require submitting to location of the wedding (as each country establishes their own laws for celebration and registration of marriage). Typical requirements include proof of identity such as birth certificates and proof of dissolution of previous marriage if you have been married before. Most foreign countries will also demand a document proving you are free to marry such as a ‘certificate of non-impediment to marry’ (which is issued in the UK by your local register).
Many countries also accept a sworn ‘affidavit of single status’ that both parties sign in the presence of a Notary. A Notary will also need to legalise the Certificate making Decree Absolute if previously married or a Death Certificate where applicable.
As foreign countries will not be English speaking, translations will often be required. These translations will need to be certified or notarised. The FCO will need to legalise your documents if you are a UK citizen marrying in a country party to the Hague convention of 1961. However, if you are getting married in a country that is not a member of the convention, the consulate or embassy in London will need to stamp the documents. This complex process will normally begin with our Notary certifying the documents as a Notary Public and following with advising and handling the legislation procedures regarding this matter for you.
White Horse Solicitors & Notary Public
96 White Horse Lane
London E1 4LR
Private Car Park Bays for clients at the rear of our Office
The 25, 309 and 205 buses run closest to our Office
Nearest Tube Station:
Stepney Green Underground tube station – (District Line) – (1 minute walk to our Office)
Mile End and Whitechapel Underground Tube Station – (Central Line) – (7 – 10 minutes walk to our Office)
5 star service
Muhammad Karim was so friendly and helpful, he made me feeling certain that my job is going to be done without having to worry at all. Besides, more importantly i received all of my documents back to my country with the whole process finished by him, in a very short period. i am sure that i will turn to him in case i need anything in the future.
I am so very happy my work colleague found M M Karin Notary, I was attended by a young gentleman, so very polite, and very helpful, I was really happy with the time it took to sort out my paper work. Thank you so much Mohamed Karin for all of your help.
Maria Letitia Donworth
Mr Karim was very polite and professional and the whole appointment was very quick. I had rung around quite a few different notaries and Mr Karim’s service was the most reasonably priced. I would definitely use his service again
Fantastic service. Client focused. Will work around my busy schedule and very reasonable pricing. Quick to respond via email / phone, even in evenings
Muhammad Karim is both a qualified Solicitor & Notary Public. Muhammad Karim qualified as a Solicitor in 2012 & was awarded the post graduate Diploma in Notarial Practice from the University College London (UCL) & qualified as a Notary Public in 2015.
What is the role and duty of a Notary Public?
A Notary Public (also referred to as a ‘Public Notary’ or simply as a ‘Notary’ is a public officer & is a specialist lawyer authorised to witness, authenticate or certify documents for use in countries around the world. Solicitors & Barristers in the UK owe a duty of care towards their clients. In contrast a Notary Public owes a duty of care to the document he is notarising.
Can a Notary Public notarise documents in foreign languages?
The short answer is yes. In certain instances it may be necessary to change a lettered translation of the document into English. Our Notary Public can advise you on whether this is required – If this is required the Notary can assist with obtaining a certified translation. If you do require notarisation of a document which is in a foreign language, please do contact our Notary Public & he will be happy to explain any specific requirements.
Who do you provide your notarial services to?
We provide notarial services to both our individual & business clients. We have years of experience in accommodating the needs of both of our individual & corporate institutions. Please visit our pages for ‘Services for Individuals’ & ‘Services for Businesses’ for more details.
What is an Apostille & do I need it?
An Apostille is a certificate issued by the foreign or commonwealth office in the UK & is the authentication of a document for use in another country.
The Apostille certificate confirms the signature, seal & stamp of the Notary Public to be genuine so that it is accepted when presented in another country outside the UK. The Apostille assures that any documents fraudulently ‘notarised’, purporting to be a Notary Public is not recognised & therefore reduces the risk of fraudulent documents being circulated around the world.
If the document being notarised is to be received by a country that is a signatory to the Apostille convention of 1961 – it is likely that you will require an Apostille. The purpose of the Hague Apostille Convention of 1961 is that once the country becomes a member/signatory there should no longer be any requirement for separate consular or embassy legalisation as long as the document has been notarised and apostilled. Our Notary Public will be happy to advise you on whether the recipient of the document will require an Apostille. If an Apostille is required, our Notary Public can advise you on the process of obtaining one, the cost & can arrange this for you.
Do you provide same day legalisation services?
We cater for all your urgent notarial needs & have a robust system in place to cater for your urgent needs. Our in-house courier will ensure that if required with an additional fee, the Apostille is obtained on the same day & country specific consular or embassy legalisation is obtained the next day if this is applicable.
Do I need consular or Embassy legalisation for the country where my document is going to be used?
Although many countries have become members/signatures to The Hague Apostille convention of 1961 – there still remains many countries around the world that are not signatures/members of the convention. This means that if your document is being received in a country who is not a signature/member is it likely that further legalisation of the document will be required by the consular or embassy of the receiving country.
Our Notary Public has comprehensive knowledge of the legalisation requirements for all the countries around the world & will be happy to advise you accordingly in relation to your specific requirements.
Do I need to bring identification documents with me when coming to notarise my documents?
To comply with money laundering regulations, a Notary Public must confirm your identity. Our Notary Public would expect you to bring with you your current unexpired passport or your full photo card driver’s license as a proof of identification. You will also be expected to produce proof of residency which is no more than 3 months old – this can be by way of bank statement or utility bill issued to you.
For more information on specific identification requirements please check our ‘Identification’ page
How much will it cost me to notarise my documents?
The cost will depend on the number of documents you require notarising. Our charge for notarising one document is £50. We do not charge VAT & there are no hidden charges. If you require an Apostille, consular or Embassy legalisation, the cost will depend on the number of documents & how quickly you require the documents to be apostilled &/or legalised.
Do you provide home visits/ visits to my office/ weekend/ evening appointments?
Our Notary Public offers home or office visits & out of hours service (including weekends) by prior appointment. This service will incur on additional charge. Please do let us know if you require our out of hours/office service.