Procedure to contract civil marriage

Article 31(1) of the 1995 Constitution Uganda, that, men or women of the age of 18 years and above have the right to marry and to be found a family and are entitled to equal rights in marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution. And Section 26 of the Marriage Act, cap 251 provides for contracting a marriage before a registrar in the presence of two or more witnesses in his or her office

Procedural Steps

  1. 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;
  2. Proof of citizenship for example a passport or national identification card
  3. An LC 1 letter to prove residence for at least 15 days in the district in which the marriage is intended to be solemnized.
  4. A passport size photograph.
  5. Registered marriage affidavits that conform to Section 10 of the Marriage Act;
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Alternatively, a client can exercise the self-assessment option by logging on to the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA)
  9. The Notice of Marriage is published on the Registrar of Marriages’ notice board for 21 calendar days.
  10. If there are no objections 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
  11. If there is an objection, a caveat is placed and the matter is referred to court for settlement.


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Gad A. Kisaalu

Legal Officer, Litigation & Advocacy.


Article 31(1) of the Constitution of Uganda,1995; men or women of the age of 18 years and above have the right to marry and