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Who, How, When, What, Why and Apply

PROOF OF PLACE OF BIRTH AND DATE

You are required to prove you are who you say your are. Documentation needed

  • a passport

    • an official birth certificate, or an official extract of an entry in an official register, showing the date and place of birth of each party​, or

  • a statutory declaration made by the party or a parent of the party stating that, for reasons specified in the declaration, it is impracticable to obtain such a certificate or extract and stating, to the best of the declarant’s knowledge and belief and as accurately as the declarant has been able to ascertain, when and where the party was born or

  • a passport showing the date and place of birth of the party.

What is NOT accepted

  • a photocopy of an original birth certificate or extract

  • a certified copy of an original document

  • an Australian citizenship certificate.

This proof of date and place of birth should be provided at the time the NOIM is completed, but it is acceptable for the celebrant to receive this at any time up until the marriage is solemnised.

Copies can be sighted by the celebrant however originals must be seen before or on the big day.

PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION

No proof of identity, no nuptials 

These documents are acceptable. Photo ID must be included.

  • a driver’s licence

  • a Proof of Age/Photo Card

  • a passport

  • an Australian citizenship certificate 

WHO CAN WITNESS

If the couple cannot complete the NOIM in the presence of their celebrant, it will need to be signed and witnessed by one of the following authorities:

  • an authorised celebrant

  • a Commissioner for Declarations under the Statutory Declarations Act 1959

  • a justice of the peace

  • a barrister or solicitor

  • a legally qualified medical practitioner

  • a member of the Australian Federal Police or the police force of a State or Territory.

If the couple are overseas and cannot be back in Australia before the due date of the NOIM, it can be completed and witnessed overseas under the watchful eye of one of the following authorities

  • an Australian Diplomatic Officer

  • an Australian Consular Officer

  • a notary public

  • an employee of the Commonwealth authorized under paragraph 3(c) of the Consular Fees Act 1955

  • an employee of the Australian Trade Commission authorised under paragraph 3(d) of the Consular Fees Act 1955.

The Attorney-General’s office has warned celebrants strongly against performing surprise weddings. This exemption of one party not having to sign before one month before can only exist if the celebrant is satisfied it is not a surprise wedding.

GETTING MARRIED IN NSW HERE ARE THE FACTS

To be married in New South Wales partners must:


  • not be married to someone else

  • not be marrying a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild or sibling, or was once part of the family unit

  • be at least 18 years old, unless a court has approved a marriage where one party is aged between sixteen and eighteen years old

  • understand what marriage means and freely consent to marrying

  • lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) with an authorised celebrant or minister at least one month before an intended date of marriage

  • be married by a registered celebrant or authorised minister of religion and use specific words during the ceremony

  • provide their original birth certificate or passport. If these are not in English they must be officially translated. 

If either party has been previously married, evidence of the termination must be provided in the form of a divorce certificate (if divorced) or a full death certificate (if widowed).


Certificates in a foreign language must be officially translated.

PREVIOUSLY MARRIED?

If you have already been married, evidence of death, nullity or dissolution will need to be presented to your celebrant.

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