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Marriage certificate

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

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

Cost of certificates

Standard marriage certificate. Add $26 for Priority processing.


Commemorative package (includes standard certificate). Add $26 for Priority processing.


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

Priority processing is not available for a recent marriage, or if your celebrant has sent your marriage papers to the Registry in the last 15 days.  

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 either person named on the certificate or their authorised representative.

If you are either person named in the marriage, the certificate can be issued to you.

If you are a child of the marriage, the certificate can be issued to you if the married couple are deceased.

Please provide at least three forms of your ID (either married person, not both).  

If you are not one of the persons named in the marriage or their child, you must satisfy one of the following conditions:  

Proof of identification (ID)

To protect your privacy, all certificate applications must 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.


Identity Documents


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
  • Australian Driver's Licence
  • Australian Passport
  • Firearms Licence
  • Foreign Passport
  • Proof of Age card
  • Medicare Card
  • Credit or Debit Card
  • Centrelink or Department of Veterans Affairs Card
  • Security/Crowd Control Licence
  • Tertiary Education Institution ID Card
  • 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. Commemorative certificates:

  • are available in many unique designs;
  • are printed on archival quality paper;
  • come in a framing size of 279mm x 355mm;
  • are beautifully presented, wrapped in acid-free tissue paper and packaged in a protective cylinder; 
  • are only sold as a package with a Standard Certificate (A4 size 210mm x 297mm).

Designs are constantly evolving and may change slightly over time or be discontinued. Commemorative marriage certificates do not contain security features and organisations may not accept them as a proof of identity document.

Standard Marriage
(A4 size)
 Floral Pink  Gold Rings  Gold Bow  Floral White
 Opera House  Sydney Harbour  Floral Yellow  Floral Red
 Love Birds Chinese Simplified Chinese Traditional Rainbow Swirl

 Rainbow Bow

 Rainbow Confetti

 Rainbow Opera House Rainbow Rings