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Registering a marriage

If you are getting married in Queensland, your registered marriage celebrant is responsible for registering your marriage on your behalf. By law, your registered marriage celebrant has 14 days to submit your marriage to be registered.

If you get married in another state or country, your marriage needs to be registered with the interstate or overseas registry.

The wedding certificate given to you by your registered marriage celebrant on the day of your marriage ceremony, is not an official marriage certificate and cannot be used to prove your marriage to government agencies or banks.

You do not automatically receive a marriage certificate after getting married. You need to complete the marriage certificate application form and pay a fee.

Learn how to apply for a marriage certificate.

Processing your marriage registration and marriage certificate application forms can take up to 10 business days. If you apply for a marriage certificate before your registered marriage celebrant registers your marriage, we will post the marriage certificate when it is ready.

How to apply

To apply to register your marriage, you need to:

  1. Read the guidelines on the notice of intended marriage application form.
  2. Completed notice of intended marriage application form with your registered marriage celebrant, at least 1 month before getting married.
  3. Provide your registered marriage celebrant with your photo of ID, birth certificates or passports and if married before your divorce or previous spouse death certificates.
  4. If your supporting documents are not in English you will need to get them translated—contact the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) to get assistance.
  5. After your marriage ceremony—your registered marriage celebrant must submit your completed notice of intended marriage and official certificate of marriage registration application forms on your behalf.
  6. Apply and pay for a marriage certificate.

Overseas marriages

If you get married overseas it may be seen as a legal marriage here in Australia—as long as you have a marriage certificate from the registering authority from the country you were married in.

Your marriage does not get registered in Australia as it happened overseas and is already registered.

If you wish to change your name after an overseas marriage—before applying to change your name, talk to the organisations you need to update your details with, about the documents they will accept.

By post

Your registered marriage celebrant will post your marriage registration application forms to:

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

In person

Your registered marriage celebrant may visit the Brisbane registry customer service centre at Level 32, 180 Ann Street, Brisbane to submit your marriage registration application forms.

Contact us

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

Local call* 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
International +61 7 3405 0985 (+10 hours UTC)

(Phone lines open Monday–Friday, 8.30am–4.30pm)

*Costs may be higher from mobile phones and interstate.

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Marriage certificates

When you apply for a commemorative marriage certificate package $63.00, you will also receive a standard marriage certificate in the package.

There are 4 different styles of commemorative certificates available.

Learn how to order your commemorative or standard marriage certificate.

Last updated
15 February 2017
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