Civil Marriages

Celebration of Civil marriages is governed by the Marriage Act, Cap 251. The Registrar General is gazetted as the Registrar of Marriages for Kampala whereas the Chief Administrative Officers are gazetted as the Registrars of Marriages for districts outside Kampala. Civil Marriages take place at the offices of these Registrars.

Who is eligible to contract a Civil Marriage?

Every person who is single, aged 18 years and above and is not party to a subsisting marriage is eligible to contract a civil Marriage

Contracting a Civil Marriage

  • An Intending couple should appear in person before the Registrar of Marriages for their district for an interview.
  • The intending couple should come with the following;
    • Proof of citizenship for example a passport or national identification card
    • An LC 1 letter to prove residence for at least 15 days in the district in which the marriage is intended to be solemnized.
    • A passport size photograph.
    • 2 copies witnesses valid IDs
    • Registered marriage affidavits that conform to Section 10 of the Marriage Act;
    • In case of foreign citizens, a letter from the Civil Registration or Vital Statistics Office of their country confirming that the party is not married.
  • The intending couple should fill a Notice of Marriage before a Registrar of Marriages (indicating their names, marital status, age, occupation and place of abode) and get assessment forms to make payments at any bank of their choice.
  • Alternatively, a client can exercise the self-assessment option by logging on to the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) website at
  • The Notice of Marriage is published on the Registrar of Marriages’ notice board for 21 calendar days.
  • If there are no objection to the notice of marriage, the ceremony takes place after 21 calendar days but not before the lapse of 90 calendar days. Marriages are celebrated from Monday to Friday, between 10 am and 4 pm, The parties appear with two witnesses before the Registrar who performs the ceremony and thereafter issues them with a Marriage Certificate
  • If there is an objection, a caveat is placed and the matter is referred to court for settlement. Fees Payable: UShs 260,000/- (Where one of the parties to the marriage is Ugandan or a Refugee) US $210 (Where none of the parties to the marriage is Ugandan)
  • Divorce Decree Absolute as a requirement for Divorcee applicants and A certified copy of the death certificate for applicants that widowed.

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Service Details National Applications (Ugx) Foreign Applications (Usd)
Civil Marriages File notice of marriage 10,000/= $10
Display of notice on notice board FREE FREE
Celebration of marriage 20,000/= $150
Issuing of marriage certiļ¬cate 25,000/= $25
Registration of marriages a) Marriages conducted at URSB. b) Marriages conducted at the Districts 25,000/= $25
Customary Marriages Issuance of customary Marriage Certiļ¬cate 20,000/= N/A
Registration of a customary marriage within six (6) months 20,000/= N/A
Registration of a customary marriage after six (6) months 40,000/= $200
Special Licenses Process applications for special licenses 300,000/= FREE
Issuance of Special license FREE N/A
Search 2,000/=
Licensing Places of Worship to Celebrate Marriages Process applications from clients 200,000/= N/A
Inspection of place of worship of the applicant, report and recommendations FREE N/A
Granting of license to celebrate marriage FREE N/A
Searches And Certifications Searches on the Marriage register/ Muslim and Hindu divorce Register 25,000/= $25
Certiļ¬cation of marriage certiļ¬cates/ returns AND Muslim and Hindu Divorce Certiļ¬cates 25,000/= $25
Marital Status Issuing of single status letters 25,000/= N/A
Church, Hindu And Muslim Marriages Compliance Check N/A N/A
Approval of marriage return N/A N/A
Filing of marriage returns and registration of marriages 35,000/= $35
Muslim & Hindu Divorces Compliance Check FREE N/A
Filing of divorce returns and registration of divorce. 35,000/= $35
Verification of Marriages and Muslim & Hindu Divorces E-searches for Government& Foreign Missions FREE FREE
Verification for the general public of Muslim and Hindu divorces. 35,000/= $35