FCO no longer accepting Islamic Marriage Certificates
After speaking to the relevant parties this week, we have ascertained that the FCO are no longer accepting Islamic Marriage Certificates as proof of marital status, and therefore will not apply an Apostille on said documents.
While the FCO will still accept Islamic Marriage Certificates as a religious document, any marriage or divorce conducted in the UK under Islamic Law is not formal recognition of a person’s marital status, and as such cannot be given an Apostille without formal supporting evidence or recognition.
For a marriage to be formally recognised in the UK it needs to be recorded by the General Registry Office of the United Kingdom. Similarly, for a divorce to have recognised legal status in the UK, it needs to be conducted through Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Services.
If you are planning to have an Islamic Marriage Certificate apostilled, you should make clear whether it is being used as supporting evidence alongside an official marriage certificate, or if it is for religious purposes only.