Some countries may require non-nationals, before they can get
married in their jurisdiction, to produce a certificate from their
country of origin that they are free to marry. These are usually
known as Certificats de Coutume and may be issued to Irish citizens
abroad who apply, to the Irish
Diplomatic or Consular Mission nearest to where the applicant
The relevant forms can be downloaded from this website.
Please see “Related Documents” below.
It is extremely important that all forms are either type-written or
completed in block-capitals to ensure that the information provided
Applications should be made four months before the marriage is
due to take place. There is an additional charge for late
applications. The certificat de coutume is valid for 120 days from
the date of issue.
All documents in languages other than English should be translated.
In all cases, the following documents are required for each Irish
· Completed MP1
Form (Questionnaire to be completed by Irish citizen seeking a
“Certificate de Coutume” for marriage abroad)
· Completed MP2A
form (Statutory Declaration by Irish citizen seeking a “Certificate
de Coutume” for marriage abroad)
· Original long
form birth certificate
· Copy of Irish
· Fee of INR 4,400
· If it is less
than 28 days before the intended marriage, the fee is INR 8,800
If an Irish citizen who wishes to marry in India has
previously been divorced they should also provide the following:
Completed MP2B form (Statutory declaration to be made by a divorced
Irish citizen requiring a “Certificate of Coutume” for marriage
abroad). This is instead of the MP2A form.
Original petition of divorce
Original Final decree of divorce
The statutory declaration form must be completed in person either
at the Embassy or before a notary public. If you wish to have
your form witnessed at the Embassy, please contact us at +91 11 246
26 733 for an appointment. If you choose to complete
the form with a notary public, you can complete the rest of
the process by mail.
Certificats de Coutume will not be issued to persons under 18
years of age without the written and witnessed consent of their
parents or guardians.