- An original Birth Certificate/or Passport for each of you (or extracts) and some photo identification e.g. driver's license or passport.
- A Passport, if you are a citizen of a country other than Australia.
- A Statutory Declaration if you were born overseas and have no record of your birth (or lost your documentation).
- If you have been previously married you will need to present either a Decree Absolute if you have divorced or a death certificate if you are a widow/widower.
- If you are under 18 years of age, you will need to provide your parents consent and an order from a Magistrate.
- If your documents are in a language other than English you will need to have them translated and authorised by a person who is a legally recognised translator.
I will ensure all legal documentation is registered with the proper authorities, within fourteen days of your Marriage.
- consent to be present as the responsible authorised marriage celebrant
- take a public role in the ceremony
- identify themselves to the assembled parties, witnesses and guests as the celebrant authorised to solemnise the marriage
- be responsible for ensuring the validity of the marriage, according to law
- say the words required by section 46 in the presence of the parties, the formal witnesses and the guests before the marriage is solemnised
- be in close proximity (ie nearby) when the vows required by subsection 45(2) are exchanged. It is the exchange of vows that constitutes the marriage and the authorised celebrant must see and hear the vows being exchanged
- be available to intervene (and exercise the responsibility to intervene) if events demonstrate the need for it elsewhere in the ceremony
- be part of the ceremonial group or in close proximity to it; and
- sign the papers as required by the Act.
The Certificate of Marriage to be issued to couples (Form 15)
- the certificate retained by the marriage celebrant for their records;
- the certificate that will be forwarded to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages for the registration of your marriage; and
- the certificate that will be given to you as a record of your marriage.
How can we be sure we have been given the official certificate?
- meet the eligibility criteria
- complete the Marriage certificate application form
- provide proof of your identity (unless you are applying for a historical marriage certificate)
- pay the relevant fees