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The NSW Relationship register provides legal recognition for adults in a relationship regardless of their sex, provided that at least one of them lives in NSW.

If you and your partner would like to register your relationship, you can book an appointment to do so, in person at a service centre.

Note that you're able to change or cancel a service centre booking, online.

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  • the PDF form – 'Application to register a relationship'
  • personal and contact details of each partner
  • statutory declarations from each partner, witnessed by an authorised witness
  • 3 personal identity documents for each partner, as specified on the form
  • your payment.
Book an appointment
  1. Check the eligibility requirements.
  2. Download and complete the Application to register a relationship – PDF, including the statutory declarations.
  3. Select the 'Book an appointment' button.
  4. 'Select' your chosen service centre and schedule your booking.
  5. Follow the online prompts, enter the required details, and confirm your booking.
  6. Attend your appointment at the service centre.

If you don't wish to visit a service centre, you can post your application to:

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

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  • one of you lives in NSW
  • you're both over 18 years of age
  • you're not married to each other or anyone else
  • you're not in a registered relationship in another state or territory in Australia
  • you're not in a relationship as a couple with another person
  • you're not related by family.
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  • There's a 28-day cooling off period from receipt of the application, after which the relationship will be registered. Within this period, you can withdraw your application, however your application fee won't be refunded.
  • Certificates are sent by the Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages via registered post. They can't be collected at a service centre.
  • Turnaround times commence when applications are received in full compliance with Registry requirements, and exclude delivery time.
  • The documents you provide as proof of identity may have their authenticity verified through the Certificate Validation Service (CertValid) and the Document Verification Service (DVS).

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.

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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

Source url: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-register-relationship-nsw