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Marriage certificate

You can apply for a certificate if the marriage occurred in NSW:

Apply online for a Marriage Certificate

Apply by post, or in person.   

Fees

The standard certificate we provide is the official certified copy of the registration data and is usually sufficient evidence to have personal documentation, such as your driver's licence and passport, changed to your married surname.

For marriages registered outside NSW, see: Other Registries & links.

For marriages over 50 years ago, if you don't require a certificate for official use, see: Family History.

Cost of certificates
$AUD

Standard marrriage certificate. Add $24 for urgent/priority.

$51

Commemorative package (includes standard certificate). Add $24 for urgent/priority.

$74

Cover image: application for marriage certificate 

All certificates are distributed through Registered Post and include postage and handling. However, this does not ensure next day delivery.

If you are purchasing a certificate for a recent marriage, or your celebrant has sent your marriage papers to the Registry in the last 15 days, the "Urgent/Priority" processing option is not available.  

Before a marriage certificate can be produced, your marriage must be registered. Your civil or religious marriage celebrant will register the marriage on your behalf.

Who can apply

In NSW, Marriage Certificates are only available to the bride and groom named on the certificate or their authorised representative.

If you are the bride or groom named on the certificate, the certificate can be issued to you.

If you are a child of the bride or groom, the certificate can be issued to you if the bride and groom are deceased.

Please provide at least three forms of your ID (either the bride or groom, not both).  

If you are not the bride or groom named on the certificate or their child, you must satisfy one of the following conditions:  

  • Provide a: Letter of Authority, giving permission to apply and at least three forms of ID from the bride or groom named on the certificate, and your own ID.
  • Show Power of Attorney relating to the bride or groom named on the certificate.
  • Be a solicitor/welfare group acting for or in the interests of the bride or groom named on the certificate.

Solicitors applying for certificates

Where solicitors apply for certificates on behalf of clients, they must provide a letter on company letterhead stating the reason required, together with the name of the client for whom the solicitor is acting. A reason such as "legal" is not sufficient; as a specific reason is needed i.e. Probate, Estate Administration, etc.

The letter must be accompanied by:

  • a completed application form, and
  • a certified copy of your Law Society ID Card or Practising Certificate.

Solicitor's name must be written in the Applicant's Details section. Payment must be made with a company or trust cheque, or company credit card. 

Proof of identification (ID)

To protect your privacy, all certificate applications mut be accompanied by ID. The application can only be used if the marriage occurred in NSW.

Please provide at least three forms of ID, one of each from Categories 1, 2 and 3. If you are unable to provide identification from Categories 1 and 2, you must still provide at least three forms of ID. At least two of these must be from Category 3.

All documents except foreign passports must be current.

Category

Identity Documents

1

If born in Australia:

  • An Australian Birth Certificate

Record of immigration status:

  • Citizenship Certificate
  • New Zealand Citizenship Certificate together with passport
  • New Zealand Birth Certificate
2
  • Australian Driver's Licence
  • Australian Passport
  • Firearms Licence
  • Foreign Passport
  • Proof of Age card
3
  • Medicare Card
  • Credit or Debit Card
  • Centrelink or Department of Veterans Affairs Card
  • Security/Crowd Control Licence
  • Tertiary Education Institution ID Card
4
  • Recent utility account with current residential address

If you cannot comply with these requirements, please contact us for advice.

Commemorative marriage certificate packages

Along with the standard marriage certificate, the Registry also offers a range of Commemorative marriage certificates. Perfect to remember your special day, whether that was recently or celebrating an anniversary.

  • All Commemorative certificate packages include a Standard Certificate.
  • Available in six unique designs;
  • Printed on archival quality paper;
  • Standard framing size of 210mm x 297mm (A4 size);
  • Beautifully presented, wrapped in acid-free tissue paper and packaged in a gold cylinder.

Commemorative marriage certificates do not contain security features and organisations may not accept them as a proof of identity document.

Click on thumbnails to view design samples.

rose  

Rose   

diamond rings 

Diamond rings

holding hands 

Holding hands

waratah 

Waratah

rings 

Marriage rings

cut the cake 

Cut the cake