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Obtaining the marriage certificate – Success

To be married in any Australian state or territory, your bride and groom must complete a Notice of Intended Marriage form. The form must be completed and returned to the marriage celebrant or minister at least one month and a day, and no more than 18 months, before the intended date of marriage. 

Notice of Intended Marriage forms are available from the marriage celebrant or minister who will be performing the marriage ceremony, or by downloading the Notice of Intended Marriage form online from the Local Government website for the State that the Marriage will take place.

Your couple will be required to sign three marriage certificates during the ceremony:

  • An official certificate which the officiant will send to your state registry of births, deaths and marriages to register the marriage
  • A duplicate which the officiant keeps as his/her record of the marriage 
  • A keepsake certificate which will be given to the couple by the officiant on the day of the marriage.

A certified copy of the official certificate can be purchased from the registry five to 10 working days after the presiding celebrant or minister has lodged the relevant registration information with the registry. This document may be presented to organisations as evidence of the marriage and to facilitate a change of name. Once the marriage is registered, the registry is then able to produce your Standard and Commemorative Marriage Certificates. This document may be presented to organisations as evidence of the marriage and to facilitate a change of name.

Information on a marriage certificate includes: marriage ceremony details, bride and groom details, residential details, parents’ details, and celebrant and witness details.

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