Please note we have now moved to online payments for applications for a Certificate of Freedom to Marry*. Please have your debit/credit card details and the required supporting documents ready before you begin your application. Further information can be found under the Supporting Documents section below.
If your declaration is witnessed at the Irish Embassy in Seoul additional fee is payable for this service directly to the Embassy. Currently this service fee is KRW84,000.
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.
*At present, applications to the following Missions are excluded from the new online payment system. You should contact that office directly or visit their website for details on how payments can be made for your application. List of Embassy contacts.
To apply for a Certificate of Freedom to Marry (Certificat de Coutume), you must complete an online questionnaire (MP1) through the DFA website 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.
Print off or save each form right after your online questionnaire, as you won't be able to retrieve them later.
Because of certain specific conditions in Korea the Embassy of Ireland, Seoul can witness the Statutory Declarations for those who are currently resident in the RoK (South Korea) provided they have completed the online application and submit all document required in person to the Embassy. Please make an appointment with the Embassy though our Contact Us form. Please bring the completed questionnaire MP1, printed Statutory Declaration and all supporting documents with you to the appointment. The completed Certificate of Freedom to Marry will then be posted to the applicant.
If you wish to have your Declarations witnessed by a notary public or a Commissioner for Oaths or someone authorised to administer declarations in Korea, your witness needs to present documentary evidence to demonstrate they have the necessary credentials to act as a witness. You may wish to contact the Embassy in advance to clarify what type of documents are required for a witness to demonstrate their credentials.
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.
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 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.
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 in order to complete your application.
It's against the law to make a Statutory Declaration that you know is false or misleading in any way.
Certificate of Freedom to Marry (Certificate de Coutume/Nulla Osta)
Per Irish applicant: €60
Non- refundable postage /handling fee: €6
Total per Irish applicant: €66
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.