If you are a Jersey resident and are planning to get married abroad, the authorities of the country in which you plan to marry may request that you obtain a Certificate of No Impediment. A Certificate of No Impediment is a document issued by the Superintendent Registrar that confirms to a foreign authority that a person would be free to marry in Jersey should they apply to do so. This document is available from the Office of the Superintendent Registrar and is subject to a fee. A Certificate of No Impediment is required by each individual who wishes to marry abroad – therefore if both persons are Jersey residents, they will both require their own Certificate of No Impediment. Persons wishing to apply for a Certificate of No Impediment should allow at least 25 days for their application. All applicants must attend the Office of the Superintendent Registrar to apply for the document, providing their original or certified birth certificates, any Divorce Decree Absolutes and any Deed Polls. Applicants are then required to return to the Office of the Superintendent Registrar at least 22 days later for a further appointment.
Those wishing to marry outside Jersey are responsible for contacting the marriage authority in the country they are planning to marry in order to ensure:
- That they have established whether or not the authority require a Certificate of No Impediment as part of the marriage process in that country; and
- That they have established the exact address of the place where the ceremony will take place, as required by the marriage authority in that country; and
- That the date of their application for a Certificate of No Impediment complies with any time period required by the marriage authority in that country.
- The Superintendent Registrar will provide a Certificate of No Impediment on the basis of information provided by applicants and is not responsible for any delay or cancellation of a marriage ceremony if incorrect information is supplied.
Some countries also require a Certificate of No Impediment to be further legalised by an apostille. Applications for an apostille can be made through Jersey Customs and Immigration Service and are subject to a fee [JCIS website]. JCIS will attach an apostille to the reverse of the document. The apostille will confirm that the certificate, its seal and signature have been verified as matching the seal/signature on their database of authorised institutions and signatures. The Certificate of No Impediment and apostille may require translation before it will be accepted in the country in which you are marrying. If in doubt you should check the requirements of whichever authority has requested the certificate and apostille.