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Marriage Certificates - Types
There are two types of Certificates;
- Certificate of Marriage
- Marriage Certificate (registered)
See below to understand the differences and how you can get them.
Your Certificate of Marriage
Immediately following your ceremony you will receive the Australian Commonwealth Government, Certificate of Marriage. (Please keep this in a secure place as it can not be replaced).
On the back of this certificate, it states - "Under section 45 of the Marriage Act 1961 this certificate is conclusive evidence that your marriage has been solemnised in accordance with that section. It is an important document and you should keep it in a safe place with other official documents."
However, some organisation may not accept this certificate as proof of marriage because the certificate may not be able to be used as evidence of identity.
Again on the back of the certificate, it states - "This certificate does not provide conclusive evidence of the identity of either of the parties to your marriage. In some situations, you may be asked to produce a registered copy of your marriage certificate obtained from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the State or territory in which you were married."
Your registered Marriage Certificate
Your Registered Marriage Certificate can only be issued by Births, Deaths and Marriages once your marriage has been registered.
We will register your marriage (on-line) the same day as your ceremony so you can pick up your certificate or order it online the same day - if required. This is quicker than the government registry officer can provide.
Applying for your Registered Marriage Certificate
Birth, Deaths and Marriages NSW are the official government record keeper and as such the only organisation that can issue your Registered Marriage Certificate.
They currently charge $60 to do this (current as of 1st July 2019).
There are three ways of obtaining a registered certificate;
a) Online . Through BDM NSW website you can apply. Click here to access an Online application.
b) In person, by visiting one of their offices. Because we register your marriage online - straight after your ceremony, you are able to pick it up the same day. You can't even do that if you are married at the Marriage Registry Office ;). You can download an application form here.
c) By post, you can do this by completing an application form and posting it directly to BDM.
You can download an application form here.
d) We can apply on your behalf and have the Marriage Certificate posted to you by registered mail. To do this click here and select Option F.
Within 1 month, following your marriage, we can process your application so you don't have to and won't have to provide ID etc. We charge a fee of $40 to do this, in addition to the standard fee charged by BDM NSW. To do this click here and select Option F.
You can apply, direct to BDM NSW, at any time, after your ceremony, and can order any number of certificates.
Here is a link to BDM's NSW site for all details including; current pricing, proof of identification required to get the certificate, delay times, and office locations.