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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Please ensure that the appropriate fee is included. If applying to the Embassy of Ireland in The Hague, the fee for issuing a certificate of freedom to marry is €60 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 €60 per Irish applicant.
Fees can be paid by bank transfer to the Embassy account (Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland, Deutsche Bank, Den Haag, number: IBAN NL02DEUT0430101457). Cash payments will only be accepted at the Embassy.
Please note the Embassy does not have credit/debit card payment facilities.
Send your completed application to:
Embassy of Ireland
2584 AE The Hague