Marriage | Civil Ceremony Reqs – Ireland
Getting Married? How to notify the Civil Registrar in Ireland.
Requirement to give three months notice of intention to marry.
Each person marrying in the State must give at least three months notification to the Registrar for the District in which the marriage is to take place; or have obtained an exemption under Section 33 of the Family Law Act. For example, any person marrying on or after August 1st, 1999 must have given notification to the appropriate Registrar on or before May 1, 1999.
The requirement to give three months notification of an intended marriage is a substantive requirement for a valid marriage. A marriage will not be valid in civil law unless three months written notification has been given, or: unless permission to marry has been granted by the High Court or Circuit Family Court under Section 33, of the Family Law Act, 1995.
How notification may be given:
Notification of an intention to marry may be given in either of two ways: Both parties may write separately to the Registrar for the district in which the marriage is to be solemnised giving the following information:
- Name and address of the parties to the marriage;
- Name of the church or place where the marriage will take place;
- The dates of birth of the parties or confirmation that the parties are over eighteen.
A pre-printed form which may be completed and returned to the appropriate Registrar. You can download the form here – http://www.groireland.ie/getting_married.htm
If only one letter or form is sent to the Registrar, it must be signed by both parties. The three months minimum notification period does not commence until a notification has been received from each of the parties to a proposed marriage.
Only original documents, including original signatures, may be accepted as notifications of intention to marry.
The Registrar will issue each party to the intended marriage with an acknowledgement confirming the date of receipt of the notification. You must retain this document and produce it, when requested, to the person solemnising the marriage.
It should be noted that these acknowledgements are for record only and are not intended to be a license or certificate signifying the approval of the Registrar concerned to any proposed marriage. The other legally required marriage preliminaries, if any, appropriate to the form of marriage, must also be complied with.
Locating the appropriate Registrar of Marriages
To whom notification of intention to marry must be given:
The appropriate Registrar for the district is determined by the form of the marriage.
Registrar of Births, Deaths and (Roman Catholic) Marriages:
For marriages according to the rites and ceremonies of the Roman Catholic Church the appropriate Registrar is the Registrar of Births, Deaths and (Roman Catholic) Marriages for the District in which the marriage will be solemnised. As there are several hundred districts and registrars nation-wide it is not possible to provide a comprehensive listing with this document. A listing of Superintendent Registrar’s s telephone numbers appears on the reverse of the notification of intention to marry form with whom contact may be made and from whom the relevant registrar’s name and address may be obtained, if not already known.
You may download the list of Registrars of Births, Death and (Roman Catholic) Marriages here – http://www.groireland.ie/rc-registrars.htm
Registrar of (Civil) Marriage:
For Civil Marriages or marriages according to the rites and ceremonies of any denomination other than Roman Catholic, the Registrar is the Registrar of Civil Marriages for the District in which the marriage will be solemnised, and his/her name and telephone number may be found on the reverse of the notification of intention to marry form with whom contact may be made directly and from whom their respective address may be obtained.
- You may download the Registrars of Civil Marriage here –http://www.groireland.ie/registrars.htm
Notifications of intention to marry should not be returned to General Register Office but should be forwarded to the appropriate Registrar of Marriages for the District in which the marriage is due to take place.