Civil Registration Act, 2004 – Section 46(2) &
Delivery of Notification of Intention to Marry (Prescribed
Circumstances) Regulations, 2007
Postal Notification Of Intention To Marry
1. This form may only be used with prior agreement of a Registrar
in cases where one or both of the parties to the proposed
marriage are living outside the State, or one or both of the
parties is unable by reason of illness to attend a Registrar’s
office. In all other cases an appointment must be made with a
Registrar to give the notification in person.
2. This form is to be completed by, and only in respect of, the party
or parties who cannot attend the office of the Registrar in
person. All relevant sections must be completed in as much
detail as possible.
3. Final divorce decrees / death certificates (where relevant) must
be received in respect of all previous marriages
4. Civil ceremonies may only be held in a Registration Office, or in
another building that has been approved in advance by a
5. The person solemnising the marriage (performing the ceremony),
whether it be religious or civil, must be registered on the
Register of Solemnisers in advance of the ceremony
6. A marriage cannot take place less than 3 months after this form
has been received by the Registrar unless an exemption order has
been obtained in advance from the Circuit Family Court or the
High Court, under Section 47 of the Civil Registration Act, 2004
7. When one party is making a postal notification this notification
must be returned to the Office by the second party to the
marriage when they are completing their notification forms.
8. When both parties are making postal notifications the postal
notification forms shall be delivered by post, facsimile or
electronic means to the registrar.
9. No date of marriage (religious or civil) will be agreed until all
paperwork is deemed to be in order by the Registrar. This process
may take additional time in cases where a foreign divorce is
involved. Such cases will require the divorce to be examined to
determine whether it is recognisable under Irish law and thus
establish whether the relevant party is free to marry.