Bangladesh – Single Status Certificate / Unmarried Certificate

Procedure to collect Bangladesh – Single Status Certificate / Unmarried Certificate


If any Expatriate Bangladeshi citizen needs marital status certificate, the person can apply to the concerned deputy commissioner office in Bangladesh through this High Commission. High Commission forwards the application to the deputy commissioner office. After necessary verification deputy commissioner office issues marital status certificate for the person and forwards to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dhaka for authentication. Ministry of Foreign Affairs after authentication sends the certificate to the High Commission. High Commission attested the and forwards it to the recipient.

Marital status certificates can also be obtained through the office of Deputy Commissioner (DC) of concerned district in Bangladesh at own responsibility. On behalf expatriate Bangladeshi the person’s relatives can also submit application to the concern deputy commissioner with necessary fees.

Required Documents


National identity card or Passport.
Proof of address.
If divorced, Decree Absolute.
If widowed, Death Certificate of previous spouse (and Marriage Certificate).
If your name has been changed by Deed Poll, proof is necessary.
The relevant fee.

Eligibility


Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage This can be obtained from your local department of foreign affairs or your embassy in the country in which you are getting married.

Certificate of Single Status/Sworn Affidavit that you are free to marry: These are similar to a Certificate of No Impediment, but instead you have to swear you are single in front of a legal representative.

Fees


Explain the fees structure which is required for obtaining the certificate/document.

Validity


Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Processing Time


It usually takes 2 weeks to 3 weeks or more depending on the place and time.

Instructions


Unmarried certificate has to be submitted in the Foreign Ministry after collecting it from the office of District Commissioner (DC) and a prior attestation from Notary Public.

Required Information


Full Name
Passport or ID number
Place and Date of Birth
Nationality
Statement
Date
Signature of the person who declares
Signature of the witnesses

Need for the Document


A Single Status Certificate also referred to as a No Marriage Affidavit, Certificate of Freedom to Marry or Certificate of No Impediment, is a sworn statement saying that you are eligible to marry.

Overseas marriage authorities often require further evidence that the party is free to marry. Such evidence may be a statement from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages that there is no record of the person having been previously married or a ‘Single Status Certificate’ or ‘No Records Result’.

Information which might help


In order for non-nationals to marry in a foreign country you will most likely be required to produce legal documentation from your country of citizenship verifying single status and that you are free to marry. This is known as a ‘Certificate of No Impediment’, ‘Certificate de Coutume’, ‘Certificate of Nulla Osta’ or a ‘Certificate of Freedom to Marry’.

Please also be aware that a standard Single Status Certificate or Certificate of No Impediment may be insufficient on its own to allow a marriage to take place in a foreign country. You may be required by the foreign authorities to comply with the following, so please ensure that you allow sufficient time for processing.

Certificates may need to be translated.
Certificates may need to be endorsed or exchanged for a locally acceptable version issued by your Embassy or Consulate in the country where you will marry.
Certificates may need to be legalized i.e. stamped with an official stamp known as an Apostille.
Certificates may require that witnesses swear an Affidavit stating that you are free to marry and that this is appended.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate


In order for non-nationals to marry in a foreign country you will most likely be required to produce legal documentation from your country of citizenship verifying single status and that you are free to marry. This is known as a ‘Certificate of No Impediment’, ‘Certificate de Coutume’, ‘Certificate of Nulla Osta’ or a ‘Certificate of Freedom to Marry’.


How to get Single Status or Unmarried Certificate in Bangladesh


To prove your marital status single/unmarried you may need Unmarried certificate or Single Status Certificate.

How to get Unmarried Certificate in Bangladesh:

Authority: District Commissioner (DC) has the authority to issue an unmarried certificate. To get an unmarried certificate, necessary documents have to be submitted in the DC office with an application.

Necessary Documents:

  1. An Affidavit has been sworn by either of the parents (father or mother )and also notarized by Notary Public.
  2. Photos of the parent who sworn the affidavit.
  3. Photos, all educational certificates, National ID or Passport of the person who wants an Unmarried/Single Status certificate.

Procedure:

i) After making the affidavit and with all the instruments mentioned above an application have to be submitted to the DC office.

ii) DC office will issue a letter to Special Branch (SB) for police verification. SB office will issue a report to the DC office and then the DC office will issue the Unmarried/Single-Status Certificate based on the report.

Fee: government Fee: BDT 750 (Seven Hundred and Fifty Taka only). But for all the procedure official cost reaches more than 30,000 Taka.

Duration: 1 to 2 Months.