Marriage 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 wedding for official purposes, such as changing your name on a passport or driver licence.

When ordering a certificate you will need to provide certified proof of identity documents.

Marriages outside Victoria
If you were married outside Victoria, contact the Registry (External link) of the state, territory or country where the marriage took place.

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

1. Details of the marriage

At minimum, you'll be asked for:

  • The first, middle and family names of both parties (including any family names used before marriage)
  • Date of the marriage.

2. Proof of your identity

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

Example drivers licenceExample medicare 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 marriage certificate.

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

10 business days Pickup
595 Collins Street
Melbourne

or

6 days
Australia post

Track the progress of your certificate

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 Post.

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

Certificate fees

Standard certificate
$33.00
Accepted as an official Australian marriage certificate.

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

 
Standard post/Handling $1.00

Registered post (Standard)

$7.40

Express post

Note: 

  • We do not send commemorative certificates by Express post.
  • This is not a priority service fee - standard Turnaround times still apply.
$7.80

Outside Australia

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