Civil Partnership Registration Process
The following is a broad summary of the procedure for registering a civil partnership in the State. It applies
to both Irish citizens and non-Irish citizens. In all cases the preliminaries outlined in the
previous section must be complied with.
Civil Partnership Registration
Civil partnership registration may take place at the office of a Registrar or at a venue which has been
agreed between the couple and the Registrar and approved in advance by the Registrar.
The civil partnership registration must take place in a place that is open to the public and in the presence of
two witnesses who are both over 18 years of age.
The legal requirements for registration or a civil partnership are:
- That the registrar is satisfied that the parties to the civil partnership understand the nature of the civil
- that each party declares:
- that they do not know of any impediment to the civil partnership,
- their intention to live with and support the other party, and
- that they accept the other party as a civil partner, and
- signature of the CPRF by the parties to the civil partnership, the witnesses and the Registrar
Venues for Civil Partnership Registration
If you wish to have a civil ceremony at a venue other than a Registry Office, you must contact the Registration
Office in the area where the venue is located and apply to have the venue approved for the civil partnership. This
may involve the Registrar making an inspection of the venue. In order that the venue can be inspected in good time
for your intended civil partnership, it is recommended that you make appropriate arrangements with the venue well
in advance of your notification appointment with the Registrar.
The requirements for approval of places for the civil partnership are available from any local civil registration
office or here.
It is important that you do not enter into any binding arrangements with the venue until the registrar has
confirmed that he/she is available to register your civil partnership on the date and at the venue in question.
Please note there will be additional fees for civil partnership registration at venues other than the office of
a Registrar. The Registrar will advise you of what fees are due when you are giving your notification.
Use of interpreters
The services of an accredited interpreter must be obtained where any of the parties to the civil partnership does
not have sufficient knowledge of the language of the civil partnership to understand it. It is the responsibility of
the couple to arrange this service.
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