We have moved to online payments for applications for a Certificate of Freedom to Marry. Please have your debit/credit card details and supporting documents ready before you begin your application. Further information can be found under the Supporting Documents section below.
You should expect to receive your Certificate of Freedom for your marriage abroad within 8weeks of the date of marriage if submitted within the correct timeframe.
The German authorities tend not to give a date for the marriage until you have obtained an apostilled Certificate of Freedom to Marry. An apostille is a stamp placed on the certificate.
To apply for a Certificate of Freedom to Marry, you must complete an online questionnaire about yourself and your upcoming marriage or civil partnership.
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. Please make sure that the signing witness completes the Statutory Declaration issued by our system. We cannot accept the witness's own documents.
You need to:
Print off or save each form right after your online questionnaire, as you won't be able to retrieve them later.
Submit your application a minimum of four months before the date of your marriage or civil partnership.
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.
Please contact the Embassy after submitting your application for further instructions in relation to particular requirements of the local authorities.
Our 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.
If you don't have the original certificates, you must get replacements from the General Register Office which issued your certificate.
Please note it is quite common for authorities in Belgium to request original certificates that were issued in the last three months. These are not available from the Embassy.
We will return all your original documents to you after we inspect them.
If the country in which you are getting married requires a Certificate de Coutume with an Apostille attached, we will provide this service. This may take up to 3 weeks. You will be charged the standard consular fee (currently €40) for each document that needs to be Apostilled (including the Certificate de Coutume, birth certificate, etc).
If you are an Irish citizen who was not born in Ireland, and you require an Apostille on your birth certificate, it must be Apostilled by the government which issued your birth certificate.
If you haven't included all the necessary documents, your application will be returned to you.
Please note that, other than in genuine, documented emergencies, the Embassy of Ireland in Berlin no longer witnesses statutory declarations or takes oaths or affidavits. This service is readily available at the offices of a notary public in Germany.
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
We have moved to online payments for Certificates of Freedom to Marry. It is no longer possible to pay by cash or bank transfer. The appropriate fee will be charged to your credit/debit card. The fee is €66, The fee includes a non-refundable €6 postal charge.
Please note that for marriages taking place in Germany, the certificate of freedom must be apostilled. The cost of an apostille stamp is €40. We will contact you to arrange for the payment of this fee.
Certificate of Freedom to Marry (Certificate de Coutume/Nulla Osta)
Application fee: €60 per Irish applicant
Non-refundable postage fee: €6
Apostille Fee (usually required for marriages in Germany – please check with your Standesamt): €40
If you submit your application 28 days or less before the date of your intended marriage you’ll have to pay an additional fee of €60 per Irish applicant.
Payment is made online as part of the application process.
We strongly encourage you to gather all the required documents prior to completing the online form – incomplete applications will not be accepted
Send your completed application to:
Embassy of Ireland
Tel: + 49 (0)30 220 720