Couples who are not married can apply to register a relationship in NSW. The relationships register provides legal recognition for a couple.
How to apply
Read the information below before you register a relationship.
Important: Do not laminate your certificates. Identity documents must be kept in their original state to be accepted by Government agencies.
Why register your relationship
- Registered relationships are recognised as 'de facto' in NSW. Couples in registered relationships are subject to certain obligations and/or restrictions under NSW law.
- Registered relationship certificates are used to access entitlements, services and records under legislation.
- In situations outside of legislation, service providers may choose to accept registration of a relationship as proof of legitimacy of that relationship.
Adults who are in a relationship as a couple can apply for registration of their relationship provided at least one of them lives in NSW.
A couple does not have to live together to be eligible to register their relationship.
To apply to register your relationship in NSW both partners must be:
- over 18 years of age
- not married to each other or anyone else
- not already in a registered relationship under this Act or in another state or territory in Australia
- not in a relationship with another person
- not related by family
You can apply online.
Apply by post or in person
- Print and complete the form
- Post your completed certificate application (see form for address) and proof of identity to the Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages or visit your nearest Service NSW centre.
- You can order a commemorative certificate design along with the standard relationship certificate.
If you have registered your relationship and need a replacement certificate and/or a commemorative certificate, download the Relationship certificate application form (PDF 699.56KB).
Then post your completed form (see form for address) and proof of identity to the Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages or visit your nearest Service NSW centre.
Important: In all cases, your identity documents must be originals. Copies, certified copies and laminated documents are not acceptable.
You must provide 3 forms of identification, one of each from Categories 1, 2 and 3.
- If you cannot provide proof of identity from Category 1, you must still provide at least 3 forms of identification. At least one of these must be from Category 2, and two from Category 3.
- If you cannot meet these requirements, please contact us for further advice.
Relationship registration (includes 1 standard certificate)*
Revocation of relationship (if required)
Standard (relationship or revocation) certificate
Commemorative package (1 standard and 1 commemorative certificate)
Commemorative certificate on its own
Relationship ceremony package fee (includes registration, certificate and ceremony)
*Add $41 if you require a letter of confirmation for lodgement of the application.
All prices include postage & handling. Add $9 for international post.
Why not celebrate the registration of your relationship with a special ceremony at a Registry venue?
The $407 package fee includes the registration fee ($223 including standard certificate), ceremony and issue of a ceremonial certificate on the day ($184).
Number of guests
Parramatta Registry Office
Up to 24
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
Chippendale Registry Office
Up to 12
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
There is no fee for withdrawing:
- a relationship registration, within the 28-day cooling-off period
- a relationship revocation, within the 90-day cooling-off period.
The fee for the application to register a relationship is non-refundable.
Post your completed form (see form for address) and proof of identity to Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages or visit your nearest Service NSW centre.
- A fee applies to revoke a registered relationship. Either or both persons can apply.
- If only one person revokes a registration, they must provide proof they've served notice on the other. The Registrar has the discretion to dispense the notice requirement if the person cannot serve notice.
- A cooling-off period of 90 days applies before the registration is revoked by the Registrar.
- If either person requires a copy of the relationship certificate showing the revocation details, a standard certificate fee of $60 applies.
Post your completed form (see form for address) and proof of identity to the Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages or visit your nearest Service NSW centre.
Registrations revoked by law and void registrations
Registration of a relationship may also be revoked by law on the death or marriage of a person in the relationship.
A registration is considered void if:
- the agreement of one or both persons in the relationship was obtained by fraud, duress or other improper means
- the relationship was registered when either person was mentally incapable of understanding the nature and effect of registration
- the relationship was prohibited (i.e. one of the persons was married).
Processing of your relationship registration begins when we have received your completed and correct application.
- Certificates are delivered by registered post. The processing time does not include delivery, please see Australia Post website for current delivery times within Australia or International.
- Australia Post advises customers to anticipate delays with international post.
Relationship registration certificate (includes 28 day cooling off period): online application
up to 5 weeks
Relationship registration certificate (includes 28 day cooling off period): paper application
up to 6 weeks
Revoke a registered relationship (includes 90 day cooling off period)
up to 13 weeks
Commemorative relationship certificate: online application
up to 4 weeks
Commemorative relationship certificates
Celebrate the registration of your relationship with a commemorative certificate.
You can choose from one of two designs on your relationship registration application form.