Marriage Certificate


A marriage certificate is an authenticated copy of the marriage registration that the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages holds. It can be useful in establishing a person’s identity. You can apply for a certificate in New South Wales by visiting a Service NSW center or online. The Registry sends you certificates by registered post. You can not receive it from a service center.

Eligibility for marriage certificate

You have to register your marriage before the certificate can be issued. On your behalf, your religious or civil marriage celebrant will submit the needed documents to enable the registration of your marriage. This application is only useful for marriages within New South Wales.

  • Your marriage certificate can be issued to you if you are a spouse.
  • If you’re a child of the marriage, you can receive a certified copy of the certificate if the couple dies.
  • You must provide three forms of your own identity in order to get the certificate.
  • Solicitors applying for a certificate on behalf of their clients must present a letter from their law firm which should
    • Justify the reason for the certificate.
    • Relationship between your client and the person named on the certificate.
  • Solicitors will also need to bring either their Law Society ID or Practising Certificate with them.

How to apply for marriage certificate

  • Visit the website.
  • Enter information about the marriage.
  • Fill in your personal details.
  • Verify reCAPTCHA to prove you are a human.
  • Make sure to attach all the asked documents.
  • Review the application to check for errors.
  • Provide payment details.
  • Click on submit button to complete the application.

More information

  • You also have the option to buy a commemorative certificate to keep as a memento of your wedding.
  • Make sure that the scanned copies of documents are readable and of good quality.
  • Your application fee will not be refunded if you decide to drop your application.
  • You can receive your marriage certificate within two to five working days.

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