If you get married by civil ceremony, the Registrar who solemnised the marriage will register the marriage with the information on the MRF (Marriage Registration Form) as soon as possible after the ceremony. If you get married by religious ceremony, you should give the MRF (Marriage Registration Form ) within one month to a Registrar, for the marriage to be registered. It does not have to be returned to the Registrar who issued it.
Under Section 50 of the Civil Registration Act 2004, if the completed MRF (Marriage Registration Form) is not returned to a Registrar within 56 days of the intended date of marriage recorded on the MRF, the Registrar can serve a notice on you requiring you to return the MRF within 14 days of receiving the notice. If you do not comply with this requirement, the Registrar can serve a notice on you requiring you to attend on a particular date at the office of the Registrar (or other place given in the notice) with the completed MRF. If you are unable to give the MRF to the Registrar when you meet, you have a further 14 days to give it.
It is very important for these reasons that you ensure the paperwork is returned and, also you cannot get your civil marriage certificate until the marriage is registered.
Registration of marriages outside Ireland
Marriages of Irish citizens abroad are registered in the country where they occur. The General Register Office (central civil repository for records relating to births, deaths and marriages in the Republic of Ireland) has no function in the registration of marriages of Irish citizen(s) that take place abroad, or in advising on such marriages.
- 20 euro for a full standard marriage certificate
- 1 euro for a certificate issued for social welfare purposes. (note: you must have a letter from the Department of Social Protection to qualify for the reduced fee certificate)
- 4 euro for an uncertified copy of an entry in the Register
- 10 euro to have a marriage certificate authenticated. This service is only available from the General Register's Office, Government Buildings, Convent Road, Roscommon.
- Marriage notification fee (€200) Non refundable. Additional charges apply for outside venues)