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Getting married

To get married in Queensland, you need to be 18 years or older (at least 1 partner)—you first need to decide where you want to be married:

  • a wedding at the Brisbane registry with a registered registry marriage celebrant—or some of the regional Queensland Magistrates Courts provide this service
  • a location of your choice with a registered civil marriage celebrant
  • a church with a registered religious marriage celebrant
  • an independent church with a registered civil religious marriage celebrant.

Complete and lodge your notice of intended marriage application form with your registered celebrant, at least 1 month before you get married. Your registered celebrant will discuss with you what they need to see—your identity and eligibility documents. After your wedding ceremony your registered celebrant is responsible for registering your marriage on your behalf.

If you do not complete the notice of intended marriage application form with your registered celebrant, you both must sign the application form in the presence of a qualified witness. You must still lodge it with your registered celebrant and show them your identity and eligibility documents.

What the law says

  • One partner can be 16 or 17 years old but must have parent or guardian permission and a Magistrates Court order.
  • Only a man and a woman can be married.
  • You can not get married if you are:
    • still married to another person
    • in a relationship with a parent, descendant, sibling or half sibling.
  • A registered celebrant must carry out your wedding ceremony.
  • You both must sign the notice of intended marriage application form in the presence of a qualified witness.
  • All your documents must be in English—or you must supply accredited translations if they are in another language.
  • There must be 2 witnesses over the age of 18 at your wedding ceremony.
  • An interpreter must be at your wedding ceremony if one or both partners can not understand or speak English.

Identity and eligibility documents

Your registered celebrant must see:

  • evidence of the date and place of birth of both of you, or a current overseas passport if you were born outside Australia
  • current photo ID

and

  • evidence of any previous divorce or death of any spouse, if applicable—such as original divorce or death certificate of previous spouse.

Qualified witnesses

A qualified witness in Australia is a:

  • registered celebrant
  • commissioner for declarations
  • Justice of the Peace
  • barrister or solicitor
  • legally qualified medical practitioner
  • member of the Australian Federal Police or the police force of a state or territory.

A qualified witness outside of Australia is an:

  • Australian diplomatic officer
  • Australian consular officer
  • employee of the Australian government
  • employee of the Australian Trade Commission.

Translating and interpreting service

Documents in other languages must be translated into English. Contact the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) to seek assistance.

No record of marriage in Queensland

If you plan to get married overseas, check with the consulate of the country before you go to see if you need a letter of no record of marriage in Queensland.

Learn how to apply for a letter of no record of marriage in Queensland.

For more information

Online

Email bdm-mail@justice.qld.gov.au, online enquiries are replied to within 2 business days.

To book a wedding at the Brisbane registry request an interview appointment, interview bookings require 2 business days notice.

By phone

Call 1300 366 430 (Monday—Friday, 8.30am-4.30pm).

For more information

To book a wedding at the Brisbane registry request an interview appointment, interview bookings require 2 business days notice.

Find out how to get Queensland birth certificates or from an interstate and overseas registry.

Read more about what you need to do if you have been married before.

Last updated
20 February 2015

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