IMPORTANT NOTICE: We are experiencing delays due to Covid 19. We are working with departments that we have no control over and cannot be held responsible if it exceeds the quoted timeframe.
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Certificate of No Impediment


Certificates RSA can assist you with expediting your Certificate of No Impediment in South Africa, making this process much faster and more hassle free.

Please note that courier and postage fees that may be incurred are an additional cost, please contact us to enquire or continue reading for more information about how the process works.

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A certificate of no impediment is required by foreign authorities when South African nationals would like to get married in their country to one of their nationals.

The certificate of no impediment is issued by the Department of Home Affairs and confirms the marital status of an individual. It is valid for 6 months.

A certificate of no impediment has many different names including but not limited to:

  • Letter of No Impediment
  • Non-impediment Letter
  • Non-impediment Certificate
  • Declaration of Non-impediment to Marry
  • Certificate of Freedom to Marry
  • Statutory Declaration of Single Status
  • Statement In-Lieu of Certificate of Non-Impediment to Marriage Abroad
  • Affidavit of Intended Marriage

If you would like more information about certificates of no impediment then check the information tabs below, or you can contact us.

Check your Marital Status in South Africa

While you may be single, there are many fraudulent marriages reported to the Department of Home Affairs each year.

Purchase a Marital Status Check and let us check your marital status and the date of your marriage.

How to apply

New Applications:

Please send us the following documents after completing your online order:

  • Copy of ID or passport
  • Completed application form (download here)

Existing applications:

Please send us the following documents after completing your online order:

  • Copy of your ID
  • Receipt
  • You will need to collect it from the office of application, we cannot submit a new application and the existing one will be finalised.

Certificates of no impediment usually need to be Apostilled (separate fee).

Email documents to:

Send your original documents to: Shop No.4 Erasmia Shopping Center, Upper Level Bruno Street, Erasmia, Pretoria, 0183

Lead time

Lead times will depend on your chosen option:

  • Option 1: 5 - 6 weeks
  • Option 2: 2 - 3 weeks

Disclaimer: Certificates RSA does not guarantee lead times in any way and does not accept responsibility for any loss due to delays in issue of certificates and/or certificates issued with faulty information.

Variations in delivery times from the Department of Home Affairs fluctuate. We cannot and will not be held responsible or liable for any costs incurred due to late or non delivery.

Additional costs

Cash deposits: If you will be making a cash deposit please include R50.00 for banking charges, or a separate invoice will be issued.

International payments: If paying from an international account, please include bank charges of R250.00 per transaction, or a separate invoice will be issued.

Courier: Once the certificate/s are ready they will be sent to you via courier. Please select the correct courier option when placing your order. If you are unsure about which region to select, please choose "Please send me a separate quote" and we will send you a separate invoice. If you choose an incorrect region (eg. if you select "Courier South Africa - Main Centre" but reside in a remote/outlying area in South Africa), a separate invoice will be issued to cover any additional costs.

We make use of DHL for courier services. Once the parcel has been collected from us it is out of our control and any queries should be directed to DHL directly.


The departments we work with may be experiencing high application volumes and backlogs due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Certificates RSA has no control over these departments and cannot accept responsibility for exceeding the quoted timeframe.