The legal requirements to marry in Australia
Please note: The Australian law regarding marriages, is simple and straight forward.
Lodgement: Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM)
Visit Nitza to lodge the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM),
at least one month prior to the marriage ceremony.
This form remains valid for up to 18 months
This form remains valid for up to 18 months
Shrotening of Time of the NOIM lodged is possible in special circumstances (Contact me for details)
Download: Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM)
If you can’t attend an interview to lodge your NOIM, you will be able to Scan & email or mail the NOIM to Nitza.
Contact Nitza for instructions
The NOIM will be lodged with me, your celebrant, the moment I recieve it by email, (scanned copy) or by mail
If you are in Australia
Witnesses to NOIM can be: JP, Lawyer, Doctor, Police
If you are outside Australia
Witnesses to NOIM can be, An Australian Consular Officer at the Australian Embassy or Consulate in your country or A Notary Public
Provide your Birth Certificates or Passports
- Present your Passports or full Birth Certificates & Driver's Licence for photo ID
- If you do not have a passport or a birth certificate and you were born in Australia, you can apply for one from the Registry of Births.
- If you were born overseas and you don’t have a birth certificate or a valid overseas passport, you can complete and sign a Statutory Declaration, in my presence, supported by a passport or Naturalization certificate
If Previously MarriedIf you have been previously married, you must provide evidence of the termination of the marriage in the form of a Death Certificate, if you have been widowed,
Or an original of your final divorce papers
Application to shorten period of Notice of Intended Marriage
The Registrar can only consider your application if your reason for shortening falls within one of the following 5 categories:
Employment-related or other travel commitments
Wedding or celebration arrangement or religious considerations
Celebrant error in giving Notice
Please contact me if you think that you are eligible to apply to shorten period of the NOIM as I am very experienced
The Wedding Day
- Bride & Groom (or the Two Parties to the marriage in "Same Sex" marriage) declare & sign that they are over the age of 18 years, not legally married to someone else.
At the same time you will check your official marriage certificate and confirm that there are no typo or other mistakes.
It means that your marriage certificate will always be 100% correct
- The legal marriage ceremony conducted by myself, an authorized celebrant.
- During the ceremony the bride and groom exchange legal marriage vows as required by law and wedding rings if desired.
Please note: It is not compulsory to exchange ring
- I will ensure that all guests understand that it is a legal ceremony and I will say the Monitum, as required by the law.
I, being an authorized celebrant will say to the parties, in the presence of the witnesses, the words:
“I am duly authorized by law to solemnize marriages according to law.
“Before you are joined in marriage in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I am to remind you of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter.
“Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of two people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.”;
or words to that effect.
- The Certificate of Marriage is signed by the bride, groom, two witnesses, over the age of 18 years and by myself.
Please note: Any person over 18 can be a witness
The witness can be a total stranger. The witness can be non Australian citizen
- At the conclusion of the ceremony, the Commonwealth of Australia Certificate of Marriage, prepared by myself, is presented to the couple
After the Marriage
Registration & Your Registry Marriage Certificate
Important, please note:
Your marriage will be registered on the day of the wedding as I am registered with the NSW Registry office to do e-marriages.(Most celebrants can take up to 14 days to register weddings by post)
- It means that I will register your wedding and scan all documents to the registry
- On-line immediately, on the day of the wedding ceremony
· Nothing can get lost in the mail!
· You are able receive the Registry certificate immediately.
· After I register your wedding, which will be on the same day of the wedding, you will be apply on-line for your Registry certificate
· Please note: You will need the Registry certificate for a name change or immigration or to register your wedding overseas.Apply for your Marriage Certificate:a. On-line to be posted to youThe options to obtain the Registry Certificate:
- b. On-line, “Click & Collect” with full control of the process as you will be able to collect the certificate yourself from the Registry Office and will not rely on the post.
Standard Certificate: $60
Priority Service: $88
Standard & Commemorative certificate: $87
Standard & Commemorative certificate, Priority service: $115
All prices include postage & handling. Add $9 for international post
- Additional information:
The NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages addresses:Sydney CBD: 35 Regent Street, Chippendale Tel: 137788 or 1300629736 Near Central Station Sydney
Parramatta: 160 Marsden St Parramatta NSW· Please Note: There are two marriage Certificates
· The Marriage Act is a Federal Law and you will be given by your celebrant the Commonwealth of Australia Marriage Certificate!· After your marriage is registered in the State where the wedding was officiated, you can apply for another official certificate from the State's Registry, after the marriage been registered!