Please note that from 2 November 2016, we have now moved to online payments for applications processed in Ireland and the majority of locations worldwide for a Certificate of Freedom to Marry. Further information
If you are paying online, please have your credit/debit card details and the required supporting documents ready before you being your application. Further information can be found under the Supporting Documents section.
You should expect to receive your Certificate of Freedom for your marriage abroad within 8 weeks of the date of marriage if submitted within the correct timeframe.
To apply for a Certificate of Freedom to Marry, you must complete an online questionnaire about yourself and your upcoming marriage.
Based on this questionnaire, you’ll be presented with one or more Statutory Declarations to complete and a checklist of supporting documentation you'll need to submit with your application.
Print off or save each form right after your online questionnaire, as you won't be able to retrieve them later.
Submit your application at least four months before the date of your marriage. Your witnessed statutory declaration(s) cannot be dated more than six months before the date we receive your application.
Your application is not complete until we get hard copies of your questionnaire, statutory declaration(s), and all supporting documentation.
Your checklist will tell you exactly what supporting documentation you'll need for your application, which may include:
You'll need to submit certified translations of any of these documents, if the originals are in a language other than English or Irish.
We need original documents (except for the photocopy of your passport) to process your application.
We will return all your original documents to you after we inspect them.
If you haven't included all the necessary documents, your application will be returned to you.
Your statutory declaration must be witnessed before you can submit it.
Your witness must:
Your witness can be:
Your witness can be:
It’s against the law to make a Statutory Declaration that you know is false or misleading in any way.
Fees for making an application for Certificat de Coutume/Nulla Osta
Please ensure that the appropriate fee is included with your documentation. If applying to the Consulate General of Ireland in New York, the fee is $81 per Irish applicant.
Applications submitted 28 days or less before the date of the intended marriage or civil partnership will incur an additional fee of $81 per Irish applicant.
Payment may be made by money order/bank draft or certified bank check only. We cannot accept cash, credit/debit cards or personal checks.
Where to send your application
Send your completed application to:
Consulate General of Ireland
345 Park Avenue, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10154
We strongly recommend that if you are sending important documents or information to us that you use registered mail or a reputable courier service. We cannot be held responsible for documents lost in transit.