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To be married in New South Wales partners must:
If either party has been previously married, evidence of the termination must be provided in the form of a divorce certificate (if divorced) or a full death certificate (if widowed). Certificates in a foreign language must be officially translated.
If you wish to get married at the NSW Registry see
Registry weddings >>.
If you were married in Australia a formal change of name is not required if you wish to take your spouse's surname. A standard marriage certificate is usually sufficient evidence to have personal documentation such as your driver's licence and passport changed to your married surname. Check with the relevant authority to determine their specific requirements.
While overseas marriages cannot be registered in Australia, they are generally recognised as long as the marriage is recognised by the country where it took place.
For evidence of your overseas marriage, obtain a marriage certificate and any other supporting documentation before you leave the country.
You should contact the embassy, consulate or local representative of the country you wish to marry in to find out any legal requirements that may apply to getting married there.
Some countries may require:
If your fiancé is not Australian and you wish to live in Australia, you will need to lodge official copies of your overseas marriage certificate with the Department of Home Affairs
The Registry does not handle matters relating to divorce. The Family Court of Australia can assist with your enquiries. When filing for divorce, the Family Court will ask to see a copy of your standard marriage certificate. If you were married in NSW and require a copy, please:
Marriage certificate application - PDF
or Apply online for a Marriage Certificate >>
For enquiries about proof of divorce: