Checklist for Marriage Notification

The following are the requirements for your appointment to attend the Registrar’s Office to give your Three Month Notification of Intention to Marry. Both parties must attend the appointment together and you must contact the Registrar's Office to make an appointment for attendance  Please note that this is a guideline list, as in certain circumstances the Registrar may seek further details at interview.

IMPORTANT: If you do not bring the required documents with you, a second appointment will be necessary.

EACH PERSON MUST BRING HIS/HER ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS

One of the following photographic identification documents, which must be in date

□ Passport; or

□ Refugee/Asylum card issued by the Department of Justice and Equality;  or

□ National ID card from those EU countries, where they are an accepted form of travel document .

N.B. A photocopy of the passport photo page or other prescribed photo ID, as outlined above, must be supplied. This photocopy should be in colour, and of best quality, otherwise a passport-sized photo is required

□ Original (Full) Birth Certificate, for both parties, and photocopy of same

N.B. If either party was born outside of Ireland, a Birth Certificate bearing an Apostille Stamp from the country of origin is required. If an Apostille stamp is not obtainable, then a letter from that Embassy attesting to the authenticity of the certificate should be supplied. The following countries are curerntly exempted from the requirement to have their birth certificates stamped or authenticated: Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France,  Italy, Latvia and Romania.

□ Proof of Address - original utility bill etc and photocopy of same (Must be dated within the last 3 months)

□ PPS Number.  All parties serving notice of intention to marry, who have a current address within the State and/or a future address within the State, must provide a PPSN

□ Nature of Ceremony (Civil/Religious/Secular).

□ Name of Registered Solemniser

□ Name and Address of Proposed Ceremony Venue.

□ Name & Date of Birth of both witnesses (must be over 18 years of age)

□ Evidence of Civil Status (Civil Letter of Freedom to Marry - Certificate de Coutume or Certificate of Nulla Osta)

FEE

□ Prescribed notification fee of €200 (subject to change)  PLEASE NOTE THIS FEE IS NON REFUNDABLE

 □ Prescribed notification fee of €50 (subject to change) will apply in the case of a couple in a civil partnership with each other, which is registered in the State, who now wish to marry each other.

Additional charges will apply for civil ceremonies which take place at venues other than the Registry Office.

IF ONE OR BOTH PARTIES IS/ARE NOT A CITIZEN OF IRELAND OR OF AN EU MEMBER STATE:

□ Documentary evidence of immigration status - MUST BE IN DATE

□ If the language used to communicate with each other is not English or Irish, each party must provide an independent interpreter in that language at their marriage notification appointment  This will also be a requirement at the ceremony.  Interpreters must be from an independent verifiable translation/interpretation provider.

IF DIVORCED

Irish Divorce – original or a certified copy, granted under Section 5 (1) of the Family Law Divorce Act 1996, stamped by the relevant Court or Solicitor, and photocopy of same.  If there is a stay on the court order of the divorce decree, the Registrar should be supplied with a copy of this court order.

Foreign Divorce – Please contact the Registrar prior to attending for your appointment.

IF WIDOWED

□ Original Civil Marriage Certificate(s), and photocopies of same.

□ Original Civil Death Certificate(s) of late spouse(s), and photocopies of same.

IF A SURVIVING CIVIL PARTNER

□ Original Civil PartnershipCertificate(s), and photocopies of same.

□ Original Civil Death Certificate(s) of late civil partner(s), and photocopies of same

IF YOU HAVE A CIVIL ANNULMENT (CIVIL MARRIAGE OR CIVIL PARTNERSHIP)

□ Original Civil Annulment court order, and photocopy of same.

□ A letter from the relevant Court, confirming that no appeal has been lodged against the Nullity Order

IF YOU HAVE A CIVIL PARTNERSHIP - REGISTERED IN THE IRISH STATE

□ Please contact the Civil Registration Office for details of changing the registered civil partnership to marriage

IF YOU HAVE A CIVIL PARTNERSHIP - REGISTERED OUTSIDE OF THE IRISH STATE WHICH IS RECOGNISED IN THE STATE

□ Original Civil Partnership Certificate and photocopy of same. 

IF YOU HAVE A CIVIL PARTNERSHIP DISSOLUTION

□ Original Final Decree of Dissolution in respect of all previous civil partnerships and photocopies of same 

IMPORTANT NOTES

  1. Birth Certificate - where a birth certificate originating outside of the State is presented, it should bear an Apostille stamp from the country of origin, or, if an Apostille stamp is not obtainable from the country in question, the birth certificate should be accompanied by a letter from the relevant Embassy attesting to its authenticity. The following countries are currently exempted from the requirement to have their birth certificates stamped or authenticated: Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Frnace Italy, Latvia, and Romania
  2. Where any of the above documents are not written in the Irish or English Language, CERTIFIED TRANSLATIONS into English from an independent verifiable translation company must be provided.
  3. Where one or both of the parties to the proposed marriage, the witnesses, or the solemniser has/have a limited knowledge of the English language, the services of an independent professional accredited interpreter must be engaged for both the notification appointment and the marraige ceremony.
  4. Where one party to the marriage is not a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or an EU Member State, both parties will be required to undergo an interview process i.e. EU Citizen marrying  a Non-EU Citizen.  This is a separate interview in addition to your appointment to serve notice of intention to marry.  Please allow sufficient time prior to your proposed ceremony date to comply with these provisions.
  5. Evidence of Civil Status - In the case of non Irish Nationals a "Letter of Freedom" to marry or other documentary confirmation of civil status issued by a relevant authority of the person's country of origin is a requirement.
  6. Additional documentation may also be required where one or both of the parties to the marriage is/are not a citizen of Ireland or an EU Member State.

At the notification meeting, you will be asked to sign a declaration that there is no impediment to your marriage. You will be issued with a Marriage Registration Form which is your licence to marry.  This form will be signed by both of you, your witnesses and your Solemniser on the day of the marriage. When this form is returned to any Registrar's office the marraige will be registered.  When registered you may purchase a marriage certificate from any office on payment of the appropriate fee, currently €20.00 per certificate

 Please note the above checklist is not exhaustive.  If unsure about any aspect of the above, couples should check directly with the Registrar before their appointment, to ensure that they have all the required documentation