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Registering a marriage

In Queensland, you must register your marriage. Your celebrant is responsible for lodging your registration form (PDF, 79.4 KB) 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.

Learn how to apply for a marriage certificate.

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:

  1. Read the guidelines on the notice of intended marriage (PDF, 79.4 KB).
  2. Complete the notice of intended marriage form.
  3. Provide your birth certificates or passports.
  4. Supply divorce or previous spouse death certificate(s).

Get it right

Remember to:

By post

Post your registration to:

Births, Deaths and Marriages
PO Box 15188
CITY EAST QLD 4002

Over the counter

Visit the Brisbane Registry at 110 George Street. If you do not live in Brisbane, you can apply at your local Queensland Magistrates Court or Queensland Government Agent Program (QGAP) office.

For more information

Online

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

By phone

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

Commemorative certificate

When you apply for a commemorative marriage certificate ( $55.00 ), you will also receive a standard marriage certificate in the package.

There are 4 different styles of commemorative certificate available.

Learn how to order your commemorative or standard marriage certificate.

Last updated
27 August 2014

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