Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Ireland
Allow at least 5 days from arrival in Ireland to wedding date (5 days prior to the wedding date, a couple must meet with the registrar, as long as notification was sent at least 3 months prior to the wedding date). We recommend giving yourself more time due to preparation, weekends, holidays or unexpected delays.
Necessary legal documents:
Please note that all documents must be submitted in English. Contact the Embassy in your home country or your Embassy in Ireland for an authorized translator. All translated documents must be certified. If your documents are translated, be prepared to submit the original copies in your native language for verification as well as the translated version.
- Original or certified copy of birth certificates
- Valid Passports
- Certificate of No Impediment*/Affidavit declaring that each party is free to marry (obtained by the Irish Embassy in your resident country or your Embassy in Ireland)
- Divorce decree, if applicable
- Death certificate corresponding marriage certificate to deceased spouse, if applicable
- Some places of worship may require additional documentation. It is recommended to contact the officiant prior to leaving on your trip, if applicable
Legal requirements to get married:
- Ceremony (Civil/Religious)
Civil and religious ceremonies are legally recognized weddings preformed in Ireland. The ceremony is preformed in English. If either party does not speak English, an interpreter should be hired.
- Age and Relation
The bride and groom must be at least 18 years of age. Exemption is granted only through court order if either party is underage. Note that the legal age in your home country must be met to be recognized. They cannot be closely related by blood. Check the General Registrar (scroll to bottom of page) for Prohibited Degrees of Kindred and Affinity.
Two witnesses at least 18 years of age must be present for the ceremony and provide their passports.
Contact a convenient Registrar in Ireland (we recommend the closest in the area you plan to marry), at least 3 months in advance of your planned wedding date. Here you will make an appointment to give notification of your planned marriage. Necessary documents can vary, double check prior to leaving your country. Along with providing photocopies of necessary documentation, the couple will be requested to send, a signed (by both parties) Notification to Marry including; your names, address(es), birthdates, proposed date of wedding, marriage officer, venue for the wedding, and names and birthdates of witnesses. The Notification to Marry can be sent in only if you are residing in another country, have serious health complications, and receive permission from the Registrar. In this case, the couple should be sure to come to the Registrar’s Office at least 5 days prior to the wedding ceremony to declare that they are free to marry and verify all original documentation.
Once the Registrar has accepted and processed all documentation, a Marriage Registration Form can be issued same day, valid for 6 months. The Marriage Registration Form is necessary to proceed with a legally recognized religious or civil ceremony.
- Proceeding the ceremony, the bride, groom, marriage officer, and witnesses will all sign the Marriage Registration Form. This must be returned to a registrar, not necessarily the issuing registrar, within one month of the ceremony. The marriage will not be registered until the Marriage Registration Form has been filed.
*A Certificate of No Impediment, is also known as a Single Status Affidavit, Single Status Statutory Declaration, Certificate of No Record, a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage, Certificate of Nulla Osta, or a Certificate de coutume (plus an MP2A form).
Note: This information can change at any given moment. For up-to-date information, contact your embassy in the country in which you plan to marry.
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