What documents do I need to marry

To get married in Australia there are a certain amount of documents that you must produce to either a celebrant, the registry office or a minister of religion.

  • What documents do you need
  • Why you need the documents
  • When you need to produce the documents

What documents do you need?

You need to produce:

  • Driver’s Licence, or Passport or 18+ Card
  • Original Birth Certificate

  • [If have been married before] Divorce Certificate or Court issued – decree absolute, or certificate of divorce, or divorce order or decree of nullity, or Death Certificate
  • [If your name has changed from birth] Divorce Certificate or Court issued – decree absolute, or certificate of divorce, or divorce order or decree of nullity, Deed Poll certificate (before 1991), Births, Deaths & Marriages issued – change of name certificate or Births, Deaths & Marriages issued – marriage certificate
  • [If you are recognised officially as another gender] – Births, Deaths & Marriages issued – gender recognition certificate or recognised details certificate

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Why you need each of these documents?

Confirm identity

To confirm your identity I would need to sight a photographic identification document. This is why your driver’s licence, passport or 18+ card are the accepted identification documents for this this part of the process.

These documents have government issued identification numbers that must be recorded by myself and submitted with your official paperwork when you are married.

They confirm your date of birth, current name and gender you are identifying with.

I will need to see that you are both over 18. It is illegal to marry in Australia if you are under 18 years of age. You must be 18 on the day that you marry.

Confirm date of birth

When confirming your identity, I need to confirm your date of birth. Having a photo identification such as your driver’s licence or passport or 18+ card will give me one identification of you but I will need to see an original birth certificate from you to go with your photo identification to prove your date of birth and give me other information that I require to marry you.

Confirm place of birth

Your original birth certificate will show me your place of birth. I will need to know the place of birth of each of you and each of your parents.

Confirm parent’s names and their places of birth

Your original birth certificates will give me the correct spelling of each of your parents names. As part of identifying each of you, and the legal requirements of marrying in Australia, I will need to know your parents full, legal names.

I will also need to know the birth place (town & country) of each of your parents.

Confirm your gender you identify as

If you are identifying as a different gender other than the one that is printed on your birth certificate I will need to see supporting, original documents to support the changes.

  • Births, Deaths & Marriages issued – gender recognition certificate or recognised details certificate

The process of a name change

If your name is different than the one on your birth certificate, this is not a problem at all. I would have to sight one of these original documents. But it must support the name change: 

  • Court issued – decree absolute, or certificate of divorce, or divorce order or decree of nullity
  • Deed Poll certificate (before 1991),
  • Births, Deaths & Marriages issued – change of name certificate
  • Births, Deaths & Marriages issued – marriage certificate

Confirm you are free to marry

Confirming with you that you are free to marry will involve that you and your partner are not:

If you have been married before, I must see one of the documents below to show that your previous marriage has been dissolved:

  • Court issued – certificate of divorce (2002 – 2005)
  • Court issued – certificate of divorce – divorce order (2005 – 2010)
  • Court issued – divorce order (2011 – current) issued electronically
  • Court issued – decree of nullity
  • issued – death certificate

When do you need to submit these documents

I need to see your documents at the meeting when we fill in the official form “Notice of Intended Marriage”. This is usually filled in when we meet for our initial coffee meeting.

I can see copies but must sight the originals by the wedding day.

All documents must be in English

All documents must be presented to me in English. If they are in another language, unfortunately you will need to have them translated by an accredited translator.

I hope this post helps you and your partner understand a little bit more about the documents you need to provide to get married in Australia. Please contact me if you would like anything clarified or if you have any questions.

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