Licensing A Public Place Of Worship To Celebrate Marriages

To obtain a license to celebrate marriages under the Marriage Act, there must be:

  • An Application letter addressed to the Honorable Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs (MOIJA), through the Registrar General from the church clearly indicating the religious denomination, Location and whether the church is an affiliate of an already registered church, a recommendation letter from the mother church.
  • The legal entity under which the church is operating (Certified copy of the certificate of Registration as a Company by Guarantee or NGO or Trust).
  • Proof of Ownership of Land or rights to the land.
  • A place of public worship (a permanent structure)
  • Physical photographs of the church i.e. interior and exterior
  • Recognized marriages celebrants and their valid identifications (Religious leaders like Pastors, Reverends, Priest and any clergy recognized by that faith).
  • Inspection Report from the Registrar of Marriages within the area.
  • Evidence of payment of Ug. Shs 200,000/- into the consolidated fund (by way of receipt from the bank).
  • Submit the above stated letter, attachments and proof of payment to the Registrar General.
  • Collect the license from URSB after 5 working days.
  • Submit License to UPPC for a gazette.
  • Submit copy of Gazette to URSB (Civil Registry)
  • Submit monthly returns to the Registrar of Marriages.

Lists of Licensed and Gazetted Churches.

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 200,000/= $150
Issuing of marriage certificate 25,000/= $25
Registration of marriages a) Marriages conducted at URSB. b) Marriages conducted at the Districts 25,000/= $25

       Registration of Affidavits
Customary Marriages Issuance of customary Marriage Certificate 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/= $200
Issuance of Special license FREE N/A
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
Certification of marriage certificates/ returns AND Muslim and Hindu Divorce Certificates 35,000/= $35
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