Certificate of Witness to Marriage Law and Legal Definition

A Certificate of witness to marriage is a document that is issued by an American embassy or consulate. The document states the facts of a marriage abroad in which at least one party is an American Citizen. A consular officer should have attended the ceremony. With the repeal of the old 1860 statute on “solemnization of marriages,” 22 U.S.C. 4192 on November 9, 1989, U.S. consular officers ceased issuing "Certificates of Witness to Marriage.