Civil Registration

Since 5th November 2007, any couple proposing to marry should begin the process by contacting their local Registration Office to make an appointment to meet the Registrar to give him/her their marriage notification.  

Notifications can be taken only by prior appointment with the Registrar's office.  

Marriage Registrar, 25 Newcastle road, Galway. 

Phone: 091 546277

Link to Marriage Registration 

While only three months notice is required by law, couples are advised to contact the Registrar well over three months before their intended date of marriage to ensure they can get a timely appointment.

The Registrar will issue each party to an intended marriage, and their priest, with an acknowledgement confirming the date of the receipt of the notification.

When the Registrar is satisfied that all required details have been provided and that the couple are free to marry, he or she will issue them with a Marriage Registration Form (MRF) based on the information they have provided. This is a critical document as it is effectively the civil authorisation for the marriage to proceed. All couples wishing to marry in Ireland must first be issued with an (MRF) which should be given to the priest celebrating the marriage prior to the ceremony.

This is the responsibility of the couple being married.