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Marriage and Civil Partnership Abroad

If you are an Irish Citizen resident in the USA and need a Certificate of Freedom to Marry, find out how to begin your online application

Making an application

Online questionnaire

To apply for a Certificate of Freedom to Marry, you must complete an online questionnaire about yourself and your upcoming marriage or civil partnership.

Statutory Declaration

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.

You need to:

  1. Print and sign your questionnaire
  2. Print out a copy of each Statutory Declaration
  3. Print out your checklist
  4. Complete the Declarations and have them witnessed
  5. Post them to us with your supporting documentation, signed questionnaire and fee

Remember...

Print off or save each form right after your online questionnaire, as you won't be able to retrieve them later.

When to apply

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.

Remember...

Your application is not complete until we get hard copies of your questionnaire, statutory declaration(s), and all supporting documentation.

Supporting Documents

Your checklist will tell you exactly what supporting documentation you'll need for your application, which may include:

  • Your original long-form birth certificate
  • A court order, if you are under 18 years
  • Death certificate of your previous spouse, if widowed
  • Petition and final decree of your divorce, if divorced
  • A photocopy of your current Irish passport
  • Your original naturalisation certification, if naturalised

Translating your documents

You'll need to submit certified translations of any of these documents, if the originals are in a language other than English or Irish.

Getting replacement documents

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.

General Register Office (GRO) Ireland

Getting your documents back

We will return all your original documents to you after we inspect them.

Remember...

If you haven't included all the necessary documents, your application will be returned to you.

Witnesses

Your statutory declaration must be witnessed before you can submit it.

Who can be a witness?

  • A notary public
  • A Commissioner for Oaths or someone authorised to administer oaths or declarations (a practising solicitor may be authorised to do so).

Please note Diplomatic and Consular Officers at the Embassy do not witness these declarations.

Your witness must:

  • Know you personally
  • Know a third party personally who can identify you
  • Be able to verify your identity through your official documents (e.g. a passport)
  • Provide business contact number, address, and stamp

Your witness needs to:

  • Witness you completing and signing your Statutory Declaration(s)
  • Complete and sign the relevant part of your Statutory Declaration(s)

Remember...

It's against the law to make a Statutory Declaration that you know is false or misleading in any way.

  

Fees

Fees for making an application for Certificat de Coutume/Nulla Osta

Please ensure that the appropriate fee is included.  If applying to the Embassy of Ireland in Washington, the fee is $81 per Irish applicant.

Late Fee

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 postal order or bank draft and should be made payable to “Embassy of Ireland”. Personal cheques are not accepted.

Where to apply

Send your completed application to:

Consular Section

Embassy of Ireland

2234 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington DC 20008

Telephone: 1-202-462-3939

Apply Now

Begin your online application for a Certificate of Freedom to Marry