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Registry offices closed - expect delays

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, we have closed our Registry offices and there will be a delay in our regular processing times.  If you need a certificate urgently, use our online services and select ‘priority’.

We’re working hard to support our customers during this challenging time and thank you for your patience.

Scheduled maintenance: Our online system for certificates will be down for maintenance Thursday morning 21st October between 12am-2am. 

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New certificate paper

From 2 August 2021, all of our certificates will be printed on new security paper.


Order a marriage certificate

You can only order a marriage certificate from us if the marriage took place and was registered in NSW.

If you recently married, confirm the celebrant has submitted the registration paperwork before applying for a certificate.

If you need a marriage certificate as part of a family research project, find out more about family history research.

Important: Do not laminate your certificates. Identity documents must be kept in their original state to be accepted by Government agencies.

Order a marriage certificate

Order a commemorative certificate

For something special, you can choose from our range of designs and purchase a commemorative certificate to frame as a gift or keep it yourself. 

You can apply to us for a marriage certificate if the marriage occurred in NSW.

If you are either person named in the marriage, the certificate can be issued to you.

If you are a child of the marriage, the certificate can be issued to you if the married couple are deceased. You must provide at least three forms of identification.

A certificate can be issued to you as an authorised representative of either of the persons named in the marriage if you satisfy one of the following conditions:

You must provide a least 3 forms of current identity, one of each from Categories 1, 2 and 3.

  • If you cannot provide proof of identity from Categories 1 and 2, you must still provide at least 3 forms of identity. At least two of these must be from Category 3.
  • If cannot meet these requirements, please contact us for further advice. 

Category

Documents

1

​If born in Australia:

  • An Australian birth certificate

Record of immigration status:

  • Citizenship certificate
  • New Zealand citizenship certificate together with passport
  • New Zealand birth certificate

2

  • ​Australia's driver's licence
  • Australian passport
  • Firearms licence
  • Foreign passport
  • Proof of age card

3

  • ​Medicare card
  • Centrelink or Department of Veterans Affairs card
  • Security/Crowd control licence
  • Tertiary education institution ID card

4

  • ​Recent utility account with current residential address (issued within last 3 months)

Certificate request

Standard
service

Priority
service

​Standard marriage certificate

$60

$88

Standard and Commemorative marriage certificate

$87

$115

Commemorative marriage certificate only $41 Not available

All prices include postage & handling. Add $9 for international post.

 

If you're eligible to apply and the marriage has been registered in NSW, to apply for a marriage certificate you must provide:

  • details of the marriage
  • personal and contact information
  • proof of identity documents that have been saved to your phone or computer
  • a debit or credit card to pay for the certificate.

You can also apply for a marriage certificate:

If there are errors on the certificate:

  • return the original certificate to us by post
  • provide 3 proof of identity documents and
  • send us the correct information on the correct an entry form.

Processing times

Processing of a marriage certificate begins when we have received your complete and correct application.

  • If your celebrant registers your marriage online, this can reduce the processing time.
  • Certificates are delivered by registered post and we have allowed a week for this in the times below. Estimated times may vary slightly.
  • When you apply online you can Click & Collect urgent certificates from our Registry offices in Chippendale and Parramatta.
  • Australia Post advises customers to anticipate delays with international post.

 

Standard marriage certificate

Standard service

Priority service

Certificate for newlyweds
(celebrants have 14 days to lodge)

up to 8 weeks

Not available

Online application

up to 4 weeks

up to 2 week

Submitted by post

up to 10 weeks

up to 7 weeks

Registry agent (Service NSW)

up to 7 weeks

up to 3 weeks

 

Commemorative marriage certificate

Standard service

Priority service

Online application

up to 5 weeks

Not available

Submitted by post

up to 8 weeks

Not available

Registry agent (Service NSW)

up to 8 weeks

Not available

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