Registration of Marriages
Certificate Celibataire /Certificate Coutume
A request must be made by Sri Lankan nationals living in France to receive the above certificate.
The Certificate will be handed over to the applicant. Applicants are requested to provide the correct address of the Town Council where the applicant expects to register his/her marriage.
Once the applicants submit their applications to a Town Council for registration of marriage, the notice of marriage will be received by the Embassy from the Town Council. If the Embassy has issued the Certificate to the Sri Lankan national(s) mentioned in the said notice, it will be displayed in the public area of the Embassy for 14 days for public attention. After 14 days, the Embassy will inform the relevant Town Council, whether the Embassy has received any objection/response for the marriage. The absence of objection for said marriage will only be issued by this Embassy if both parties have obtained the Certificate from the Embassy.
Notices of marriage received from Town Councils relating to Sri Lankan national(s) who had not obtained the Certificate from the Embassy will not be displayed at the Embassy for public attention and will not be responded to. Applicants are therefore advised to obtain them from the Embassy following the established formalities before applying for marriage registration at the Town Council.
All documents in foreign languages should be submitted with an official translation in English. All Documents issued by the French authorities should be legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France with respective signatures and seals.
Ministère des affaires étrangères.
Bureau des Legalisations Francais,
57, Boulevard des Invalides,
1. Unmarried certificate – if the parents are living in Sri Lanka, either mother or father has to get an unmarried certificate stating that their son/daughter is not married and remains as bachelor/Spinster by a Justice Peace (J.P.).
If parents are living in France, either mother or father who is holding the Sri Lankan passport and immigrant visa must come to the Embassy along with his/her original passport and Immigrant visa and submit an affidavit stating that their son/daughter is not married and remains as bachelor/Spinster.
2. Statement of the“Justice Peace” should be legalized by the Divisional Secretary of said area and certified from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sri Lanka
3. Valid residence visa and a photocopy
4. Valid Sri lankan passport and a photocopy
5. Original Birth Certificate and a photocopy
6. Relevant Fee
Special arrangements may be made to issue the Certificates for applicants who are divorcees in France or widow/widower whose spouse has passed away in France. In such cases following additional documents should be submitted by the applicant with the authorisation from the Consular Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France.
1. Original Death Certificate of former spouse
2. Certification from the Town Council of the applicant's place of residence confirming that he/she has not registered a marriage
3. Divorce Certificate
4. The Embassy does not register marriages but issues Certificate upon request made by Sri Lankan nationals living in France.
Notice of marriage received by the Mairie of the area in which the applicant is residing will be displayed in the public area of the Embassy for 14 days for public notice. After 14 days the Embassy will inform the relevant town Council without any commitment whether the Embassy received any objection for the particular marriages which had been given due public attention.