A Marriage Certificate is an official copy of the marriage registration and is often used to help establish a person's identity. When you apply for a standard Marriage Certificate, you also have the option to buy a commemorative certificate to keep as a memento. Apply online for a marriage that occurred in NSW.Apply online
Apply for a Marriage Certificate
- your personal and contact details
- a completed Marriage Certificate Application – PDF form (online, in person or by mail)
- your personal identity documents as specified on the form
- a scanner or phone/tablet camera so you'll be able to upload the copies of your identity documents (if applying online), and
- a letter giving you permission to be provided with the Application for a Marriage Certificate form (if applicable).
- Check the eligibility requirements.
- Click the 'Apply online' button.
- Register or sign in to the NSW Government Licensing Service.
- Provide details of the marriage.
- Enter the applicant's details.
- Enter the order details.
- Upload your 3 identification documents.
- Enter your payment information.
- Read and acknowledge the declaration.
- Submit your application for processing.
Before a Marriage Certificate can be produced, your marriage must be registered. Your civil or religious marriage celebrant will submit the required documents on your behalf to enable registration.
- This application can only be used if the marriage occurred in NSW.
- If you are the bride or groom, your Marriage 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. If you are not a child of the bride or groom, but need to establish your legal right or entitlement (for example, under a Will), your application will be considered.
- If you DO meet the above criteria, you must provide 3 copies of your own identification.
- If you DO NOT meet the above criteria, you must provide:
1. A letter giving permission from the person named on the certificate or, if deceased, their next of kin. Please include their address, daytime telephone number and signature.
2. Three copies of identification from the person giving permission or their next of kin.
3. Three copies of your own identification.
- You can find out how much a marriage certificate will cost on the Births, Deaths and Marriages website
- If the marriage occurred 50 or more years ago, please refer to the Order a Family History Certificate transaction.
- Make sure that the copies of the documents you have scanned or photographed are clear and easy to read.
- Certificates are sent by the Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages via registered post. They cannot be collected at a service centre.
- Check the turnaround times via the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages website.
- Turnaround 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.
- If you'd like your certificate to be faxed to an Australian passport office, consulate or embassy, you'll need to make that request at the same time as your application, as stand alone requests are not accepted. Please include a request letter if mailing your application.
- Make sure that you indicate which destination office you want the certificate faxed to.
- Certificates are not faxed to foreign embassies, work fax numbers or personal fax numbers.
- There is an additional payment attached to this request.
- If you wish to mail your completed form and documentation, you can send it to Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, GPO Box 30, Sydney NSW 2001.
To make sure that you have all the information and documentation you need to complete this transaction, please visit Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.Apply online
For online or phone transactions, you can pay with:
- credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, or American Express).
For transactions in person at a service centre, you can pay with:
- cash (in Australian currency)
- cheque (personal, bank or agency drawn)
- money order, or
- credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express* or EFTPOS).
Please note that you may need to pay a merchant fee when paying by credit or debit card.
* Unfortunately, some locations may not accept American Express.