Before you get married, you must complete a Notice of Intended Marriage. The form is a legal requirement for getting married in Australia. 

Part of the form needs to be completed by you and the other part by your authorised marriage celebrant.

You need to give the form and your identity documents to your marriage celebrant at least one month before the wedding date.


You must:

  • be aged 18 years or older, unless a court has approved a marriage where one person is 16 to 18 years old
  • not already be married.

You do not have to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident to get married in Australia.

Learn more about the legal requirements for getting married in Australia

What you need

  • date and place of birth for both parties
  • personal details of parents.

Information for celebrant

You will need to provide the celebrant with the following information for them to complete the form:

  • proof of date and place of birth:
    • a full Australian birth certificate (not a commemorative certificate) or foreign birth certificate
    • an official extract from a birth register
    • an Australian or foreign passport
  • proof of identity with a photo, such as a driver licence, passport or official identity card
  • proof that a previous marriage has ended (if applicable) –  either a divorce certificate or a full death certificate (if widowed).

Authorised witnesses

An authorised person needs to witness your signature and sign the form. This can be a:

  • Justice of the Peace 
  • medical practitioner
  • barrister 
  • solicitor
  • member of the Australian Federal Police or the police force of a state or territory. 

If you’re outside Australia, see the form for a list of authorised witnesses you can use.

How to apply

  1. Check the eligibility requirements.
  2. Select the 'Download PDF form' button.
  3. Complete the form and sign in front of an authorised witness.
  4. Provide your celebrant with the completed form at least one month before your wedding date.

More information

  • The form is valid for up to 18 months.
  • If you need help completing the form, contact your celebrant.
  • After the ceremony, the celebrant will send the form to the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages.
Last updated: 23 May 2024

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