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Domestic relationships

To register a domestic relationship, you and your partner must complete a domestic relationship registration form.

When applying to register a relationship you and your partner need to:

  • Complete the application in full.
  • Submit all required proof of identity documents (see the application form for more details).
    • By mail: Submit certified photocopies of each document. See the proof of identity page for advice on how to get your photocopies certified.
    • In person: If you are attending the BDM Service Centre, or submitting your application at a Justice Service Centre (JSC), bring both the original documents and photocopies of the original documents so that they can be certified. Please note: Methods of payment accepted are EFTPOS, Credit card (No AMEX), Bank Cheque or Money order. Cash is not accepted.
    • Update: List 4 – Evidence of living in Victoria for at least the last 12 months
      Joint account documents can be used as List 4 identity, as long as the applicant has also provided a document that shows a Victorian residential address (eg. drivers licence).
  • Include the required payment or credit card details.
  • Ensure your application is signed and witnessed accordingly.

By law, it takes at least 28 calendar days to register a domestic relationship from the date the Registry receives a complete and valid application. Incomplete or invalid applications can take longer to register or may be refused.

Who can register a domestic relationship?

You and your partner can register a domestic relationship if:

  • you are both 18 years of age or older and are in a registrable relationship
  • you can both prove that you are ordinarily resident in Victoria, and
  • neither of you is:
    • married; or
    • in a relationship that is already registered; or
    • in another relationship that could be registered in Victoria.

Caring relationships

To register a caring relationship, both parties must complete a caring relationship registration form.

When applying to register a caring relationship both parties need to:

  • Complete the application in full.
  • Supply all required proof of identity documents. If applying in person, provide original proof of identity documents. If applying by mail, provide police-certified photocopies. See the application form or proof of identity page for further details.
  • Include the required payment or credit card details.
  • Supply evidence that both parties have sought independent legal advice from separate legal practitioners (you can download a sample legal practitioners certificate for your legal practitioner to complete and attach to the application form).
  • Ensure your application is signed and witnessed accordingly.

By law, it takes at least 28 calendar days to register a caring relationship from the date the Registry receives a complete and valid application. Incomplete or invalid applications can take longer to register or may be refused.

 

You can find further information in the Relationships FAQs.