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A marriage certificate is an official copy of the marriage registration held by the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages. It's often used to help establish a person's identity. 

For a marriage that occurred in NSW, you can apply online, by post, or in person at a service centre.

Certificates are sent to you by the Registry, using registered post. You can't get a certificate from a service centre.

Apply online
  • details of the marriage and each spouse
  • your/the applicant's personal and contact details
  • personal identity documents as specified on the form
  • a scanner or phone/tablet camera so you'll be able to upload copies of the documentation required
  • company documents (if applicable)
  • evidence you have permission to be provided with the marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • your payment.
Apply online
  1. Check the eligibility requirements.
  2. Select the 'Apply online' button.
  3. Provide details of the marriage.
  4. Enter your/applicant's details.
  5. Verify you're not a robot with reCAPTCHA.
  6. Decide on the type/design/number of certificates required.
  7. Confirm your delivery and order details.
  8. Select and upload copies of all the required identification documents.
  9. Read and acknowledge the declaration.
  10. Enter your payment information.
  11. Submit your application for processing.

If you don't wish to apply online:

  1. Download and complete the Marriage Certificate Application – PDF.
  2. Lodge it with the required documentation and payment:

Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages
GPO Box 30
Sydney NSW 2001

Apply online

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're a spouse, your marriage certificate can be issued to you. If you're a child of a spouse, the certificate can be issued to you if the spouse is deceased. If you're not a child of a spouse, you'll need to establish your legal right or entitlement (for example, under a Will), and your application will be considered.
  • If you meet the above criteria, you must provide:
    • 3 copies of your own identification.
  • If you DO NOT meet the above criteria, you must provide:
    • 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
    • 3 copies of identification from the person giving permission or their next of kin
    • 3 copies of your own identification
  • If you're a solicitor applying for a certificate on behalf of your client, you must provide:

    • a letter on company letterhead stating the reason required ('legal' is not sufficient – a specific reason is needed, such as Probate, Estate Administration), together with your client's name
    • a copy of your Law Society ID Card or Practising Certificate
    • payment made by company or trust cheque, or company credit card.
Apply online
  • If you begin filling in the online application form and want to save it to complete later, you're able to resume your application.
  • You can check the status of your application online.
  • When you apply for a standard marriage certificate, you also have the option to buy a commemorative certificate to keep as a memento.
  • If the marriage occurred 50 or more years ago and you don't need a certificate for official use, 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. The file types can be TIFs, JPGs or PDFs.
  • When your application form and payment are received, you'll be sent a tax invoice to the email address you provided. You also have the option to print the summary page, or your entire application form.
  • 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.
  • To make sure that you have all the information and documentation you need to complete this transaction, please visit Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages.


This information is being collected by the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages for the purpose of assessing your application for a marriage certificate.

Service NSW does not collect or maintain any personal information in relation to this transaction.

For further information on how your personal information is handled, please visit the Privacy page.

Apply online

Payment methods

For online transactions:

  • credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, UnionPay, Diners Club or American Express).

For phone transactions:

  • credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, or American Express).

For transactions in person at a service centre:

  • cash (in Australian currency)
  • cheque (personal, bank or agency drawn)
  • money order
  • credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express* or EFTPOS), or
  • Android Pay app.

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.

Need help?

We’re happy to help you with this transaction.

Feel free to call us on 13 77 88 or visit a service centre

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