If you're planning to marry overseas, or if you're returning to your country of residence to get married, you may need a single status certificate. This certificate verifies that you've not been married in NSW during a specified period of time.
You can apply for a single status certificate in person at a service centre, or by mail.
Certificates are sent to you by the NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, using registered post. You cannot get a certificate from a service centre.
- If you're applying for your own certificate, you'll need 3 copies of your own identification.
- If you're applying for a certificate on behalf of another person, you'll need:
- 3 copies of your own identification
- a letter giving permission from the person named on the certificate, with their address, daytime telephone number and signature included
- 3 copies of identification from the person giving permission.
What you need
- your personal and contact details
- the details of the search
- 3 forms of identification as specified on the application
- your payment
- the PDF form – 'NSW Single Status Certificate Application'.
How to apply
- Before you apply for a single status certificate, check the legal requirements with the consulate, embassy or local representative of the country in which you wish to marry.
- Processing times commence when applications are received in full compliance with Registry requirements, and exclude delivery time.
- If you change your mind, or decide the certificate is no longer required, your application fee will not be refunded.
- Documents provided as proof of identity may have their authenticity verified through the National Document Verification Service (DVS).
- Do not laminate your certificates. Identity documents must be kept in their original state to be accepted by government agencies.