Civil Registration

Civil registration is the official recording of one’s particulars in the official form provided by the law and recognized both nationally and internationally. Birth, death, adoption and marriage are part of a broad civil registration system also referred to as the registration of civil events.

This section is mandated under the laws mentioned below to ensure that all the materials related to the above are delivered to all the gazzeted registration centers and ensure that the reports and returns are submitted back to the section quarterly.

The section has so far developed guidelines on procedures for registration and now is in the process of piloting mobile registration. It is therefore our mandate to ensure that all marriages occurring in Uganda are registered. Despite several challenges, the section has done its best to serve the public with due diligence.

The objectives and functions of the Civil Directorate include registration of all marriages, licensing churches to celebrate marriages and solemnizing civil marriages. Collection and accounting for all revenue generated from the provision of these services.

Registration of marriages in Uganda is governed by the following laws:

  • Marriage Act Cap 251 Laws of Uganda for the celebration of monogamous marriages.
  • Customary Marriage (Registration) Act Cap 248 that makes provision for the registration of customary marriages.
  • Hindu marriage and Divorce Act Cap 250 that regulates the marriage of and provide for matrimonial causes between Hindus and persons of allied religions.
  • Marriage and Divorce of Mohammedans Act Cap 252 that relates to the marriage and divorce of Mohammedans.

Marriages and Divorces of Mohammedans are celebrated between persons professing the Mohammedan religion according to the rites and observances of the Mohammedan faith. The Marriage Act ceases to apply to persons that elect to conduct a Mohammedan marriage. Hindu marriages and divorces are solemnized between Hindus or persons of allied religions like Buddhists of Indian origin, Jains or Sikhs and are solemnized in accordance with the customary rites and ceremonies of either party to the marriage. Where customary marriages are celebrated to the rites of an African community and one of the parties is a member to that community, they should be registered with the Sub County or town clerk of their respective marriage districts. Monogamous marriages under the marriage act can only be celebrated in the office of the registrar or a licensed building of a place of worship belonging to a church, denomination or body.