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Registering Your Intent to Marry with the HSE (With Slides)

When it comes to planning your wedding in Ireland, the legal end of things can get a little confusing. We've put together a simple step-by-step guide on registering your intent to marry with the HSE.

14 Jan

(Please note: This guide is exclusively for couples where both parties getting married were born in the Republic of Ireland)

Step 1

Contact your local civil registration service by phone or email.

You will need to give them at least 3 months notice that you intend to marry.

Step 2

The local registrar will send you a postal notification form.

Once you receive this form, you will need to:

  • Complete and return the form by post or email - the 3 months notice will start when the form is received.
  • Book and attend a notification appointment

Step 3

When booking your notification appointment, you should book it as soon as possible.

Waiting times can vary widely. Both yourself and your partner will need to attend the notification appointment for it to be valid.

Step 4

During the notification appointment, you will be asked to pay the notification fee of €200.00.

This fee is non-refundable, and can also be paid prior to the appointment over the phone, if you wish.

Step 5

During the notification appointment, you will both be asked to sign a declaration, stating that you do not know of any legal reason as to why the marriage cannot happen.

Step 6

The registrar will then give you a marriage registration form.

Sometimes called a 'marriage licence', to receive this form you will need to bring certain documents with you to the appointment. These requirements are listed at the end of this blog post.

Here is a photograph of what the marriage registration form looks like. It is all contained within this green folder.

Step 7

For the marriage to be legally recognised, your ceremony must be performed by a solemniser.

For any Celebrant Ireland booking, usually myself (Rev. Lorraine McCarthy) will be the solemniser performing the ceremony.

If both parties were born in the Republic of Ireland, this is the following that is needed when attending your notification appointment

  • €200.00 to pay the notification fee.
  • Proof of PPS numbers for you both.
  • A long-form birth certificate for you both.
  • A utility bill for proof of address.
  • Colour photo ID & Date of Birth. (Example: In-date Passport, In-date Driver's License)

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