If you believe there's an error on your marriage or relationship certificate, you can apply to have it corrected.

You can only apply to correct your own marriage or relationship certificate.

We'll ask you for the following information during the application process:

1. Details of the people on the certificate

As a minimum, for each person, we ask for:

  • First name and family name
  • Date and place of birth.

2. The original certificate

We ask that you return the original certificate before we can issue a new corrected version.

If you don't have the original, you'll need to apply for a new marriage or relationship certificate once we've corrected the records. A fee applies.

3. Evidence to support the correction

The evidence we ask for depends on the correction you want to make.

For documents in a language other than English, provide an English translation by a qualified translator. Approved translators can be found at naati.com.au (External link) or by contacting Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 13 1450.

4. Proof of your identify

In most cases, you can prove your identity with certified copies of your driver licence and Medicare card.

Example drivers licenceExample medicare card

Alternatively, there are other ways to prove your identity.

The evidence listed below covers the most common correction requests. If you can't provide the evidence listed, send the best evidence you have available.

If we hold the evidence (e.g. a birth certificate) you don't need to provide a copy of it.

Correction Acceptable evidence

Any name on the certificate

Provide evidence of correct name:

Australian born:

  • Birth certificate

Overseas born:

  • Birth certificate
  • Citizenship certificate or Australian visa.

If you can't prove the use of the corrected name from birth, a change of name is needed, rather than a correction. Likewise, additions and removals of given names need a change of name. See Change your name.

Date or place of birth

Evidence of correct date or place of birth:

  • Australian birth certificate
  • Overseas birth certificate, or
  • Overseas passport.

How long will it take for a corrected certificate to be issued?

Processing start date Processing time Pick up/delivery
Date received

Full application
with proof of identity and evidence

20 working days Pickup
595 Collins Street
Melbourne

or

6 days
Australia post

If the original certificate is returned If the original certificate IS NOT returned
No fee $32.40

The price of a standard marriage or relationship certificate applies

Postage fees

Postage - see Australia Post (External link) for product details Price

Australia

 
Standard post/Handling $1.00

Registered post (Standard)

Note: We do no send commemorative certificates by Registered post.

$7.30

Express post

Note: 

  • We do not send commemorative certificates by Express post.
  • This is not a priority service fee - standard Turnaround times still apply.
$7.70

Outside Australia

 
Airmail (Standard post) $3.60
Express Courier International $52.00