Relationship certificates are a celebration of a special part of your life. They're also an important personal document that you can use as proof of your relationship for legal and other official purposes.

We can issue certificates only for relationships that are registered in Victoria.

Relationship outside Victoria
If your relationship was registered outside Victoria, contact the Registry (External link) of the state, territory or country where the registration took place.

When ordering a certificate you will need to prove your identity.

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

What we need from you

1. Details of the relationship

At minimum, you'll be asked for:

  • Given name and family name of both people in the relationship
  • Date that the relationship was registered.

2. Proof of your identity

You may be able to prove your identity online. If not you can still prove your identity in other ways. These include:

  • Taking certified copies of your identity documents to our Customer Service Centre or a Justice Service Centre
  • Mailing certified copies to us.

Acceptable documents

One of the easiest ways to prove your identity is by presenting your driver licence (if it confirms your residential address) and your Passport.

Example driver licenceExample passport

Alternatively, you can provide your driver licence, medicare card and bank card.

Example driver licenceExample Medicare cardExample bank card

Alternatively, there are other ways to prove your identity.

3. Proof that you're eligible to get the certificate

If you're applying for your own certificate, you only need to provide proof of your identity.

If you're applying for someone else's certificate, you also need to prove that you're authorised to do so. See Get someone else's relationship certificate.

Processing and delivery

How long will it take for my certificate to be processed?

Processing start date Processing time Pick up/delivery
Date received

Full application
with eligibility and
proof of identity documents

20 business days Pickup
595 Collins Street
Melbourne

or

6 days
Australia post

Track your the progress of your certificate (External link)

Additional copies

If you applied for more than one copy of a certificate, each will be posted separately for security reasons, unless you asked for them to be sent by Registered or Express Post.

We'll post them all on the same day, but bear in mind that Australia Post may deliver them on different days.

Commemorative certificates

Since they're not official identity documents, you can only choose standard post as a postage method for commemorative certificates. They will arrive separately from your standard birth certificate.

Fees and payments

Certificate fees

Standard certificate Commemorative certificate
$33.00 $60.00
Accepted as an official Australian relationship certificate. Not accepted as an official Australian relationship certificate.

For decorative purposes only.

 

Postage fees

Shipping fees cannot be refunded if you decide to collect your certificate(s) in person.

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

Australia

 

Registered post (recommended)

Note: You can only choose Standard post as a postage method for commemorative certificates.

$7.40
Standard post/Handling $1.00

Express post

Note: 

  • You can only choose Standard post as a postage method for commemorative certificates
  • This is not a priority service fee - standard Turnaround times still apply.
$7.80

Outside Australia

 
Airmail (Standard post) $3.70
Express Courier International $52.80

Check the Payment methods (External link) that we accept.

Commemorative designs

Commemorative relationship certificates are decorative mementos to preserve your special event. They're not a legal document and can't be used for official purposes.

You can choose to order a commemorative certificate at the time you order your standard relationship certificate. There are two designs by local artists to choose from. Each is printed on archival quality paper and fits a standard frame size of 280mm x 355mm (11" x 14").