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Services › Births Deaths and Marriages › Getting a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage

Certain overseas countries require a 'Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage' before allowing you to marry. This proves that you are not already legally married or in a civil union in your country of citizenship or residence, and according to New Zealand laws you are eligible to be married.

For marriages in some countries, the representative of that country in New Zealand must endorse the Certificate of No Impediment before it is sent. The fee for this service is in addition to the fee payable in respect of the notice.

Once Births, Deaths and Marriages has received and processed the application, a Certificate of No Impediment may be issued after a statutory period of 14 days, but as a general rule, you should allow four weeks.

Please note that some countries may treat a Certificate of No Impediment as valid only for a certain period after its issue date.

To apply for a Certificate of No Impediment you will need to fill out the form Application for a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage or Civil Union form (BDM 189).