Getting Married in Zimbabwe | Obtaining a certificate of No Marriage

First Published: September 5, 2018


Obtaining a certificate of No Marriage
A Zimbabwean wishing to marry a foreigner is required to obtain a certificate of no marriage or no impediment from the Registrar of Marriages. This also applies to a Zimbabwean wishing to marry abroad. The said certificate confirms that there is no record of that Zimbabwean having been married. The certificate will be valid for a defined period e.g. six months from the date of issue. By obtaining this certificate, one avoids the embarrassment and inconvenience of marrying someone who may still be legally married to someone else. It should be noted that even where a couple has been separated for many years, the separation on its own does not dissolve the marriage. One has to obtain a divorce order in order to dissolve the marriage.An applicant wishing to obtain a certificate of no impediment is required to provide certified copies of the following.

  1. A copy of their birth certificate,
  2. A copy of the information page in their passport.
  3. The last stamped page of their passport.
  4. Letter authorizing a lawyer to act on applicant`s behalf (if application is going to be handled by a lawyer)
  5. Payment to the registrar of Marriages (Currently $35.00)


  1. For one to be issued with a duplicate marriage certificate they must meet the following requirements:


National identity document
Full names of the parties
Exact date of marriage
Marriage Act contracted

Statutory fees

Normal            –           US$5.00

Processing Time

Normal            –           One day


  1. For the Correction of an error on marriage certificate


Original marriage certificate
Birth certificate and a photocopy thereof
Notarial deed where a person has made a complete change of name

Statutory fees

Normal            –           US$5.00
Urgent             –           US$10.00

Processing time

Normal –          1 week
Urgent – One day

  1. Authentication of marriage record

This is confirmation of any filed marriage record by the Registrar of Marriages.


Exact date of marriage
Full names of parties
Marriage certificate

Letter authorizing lawyer to act on applicant`s behalf (If application will be handled by a lawyer)

Statutory fees

Normal            –           US$15.00
Urgent             –           US$25.00


By Davison Kanokanga SC

Founder & Senior Partner


While care has been taken to ensure that this publication is accurate, Kanokanga & Partners accepts no liability for any prejudice, loss or, damage of whatsoever nature, which may arise from reliance on any of the information, published herein. The contents of this publication are for general information purposes only. The purpose of this publication does NOT constitute our legal or professional advice. Readers are advised not to act based on the information contained herein alone. Every situation depends on its own facts and circumstances.


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