Registering a marriage
In Queensland, you must register your marriage. Your celebrant is responsible for lodging your registration form on your behalf. If you were married in another state or country, you need to apply to the registering authority interestate and overseas.
Wedding certificates issued by your celebrant or minister of religion are not official documents, and can not be used to prove your marriage to government agencies or banks.
You do not automatically receive a certificate after registering your relationship. You need to complete the application form and pay a fee.
What the laws says
- Only a man and a woman can be married.
- A registered relationship is not a marriage.
- You can not marry if you are
- still married to another person
- in a relationship with a parent, descendent, sibling or half sibling.
- If you are in a registered relationship you can marry.
How to register
To register your relationship, you need to:
- Read the guidelines on the notice of intended marriage .
- Complete the notice of intended marriage form.
- Provide your birth certificates or passports.
- Supply divorce or previous spouse death certificate(s).
Get it right
- Lodge your notice of intended marriage form at least 1 month before getting married.
- Provide any divorce and previous spouse death certificates to the celebrant (if applicable).
- Apply and pay for a marriage certificate (if you want an official document to prove your marriage).
- Translate documents in other languages into English. Contact the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NATTI) to get assistance.
Post your registration to:
Births, Deaths and Marriages
PO Box 15188
CITY EAST QLD 4002
Over the counter
For more information
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, online enquiries are replied to within 2 business days.
Call 1300 366 430 (Monday–Friday, 8.30am–4.30pm).