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Applying for an official certificate of Marriage

Applying for an Official Certificate of Marriage

From the website of the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages:

“On your wedding day you are given a certificate known as a “party certificate”. Most of the time, you cannot use this certificate for official purposes. Instead, you need to apply for a Registry-issued stan
dard marriage certificate. You can use a standard marriage certificate as proof of your wedding for official purposes, such as changing your name on a passport or driver licence"


How to obtain the certificate marriage certificate

ONLINE: The easiest and most efficient way to apply for your marriage certificate is to apply online. You may apply online 2 weeks after your wedding day. Follow this link to apply now.


After you have submitted your application you must provide certified copies of your proof of identity documents by mail, or in person at a Justice Service Centre.


How to apply

Apply online, then submit certified copies of your proof of identity documents by mail, or in person at a Justice Service Centre


To apply in person, you will need to download and complete a marriage certificate application form, then bring your payment and proof of identity documents to a Justice Service Centre to have them certified. Then bring your payment and proof of identity documents to a Justice Service Centre to have them certified. The address is Ground Floor, 595 Collins Street, Melbourne. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.


You will need PROOF OF IDENTITY with you. When applying in person at the Registry, you should bring the original documents, not photocopies.

PAYMENT is required at the time of application. The price for a standard certificate is $30.20


If you are located in Victoria, take your original documents and the photocopies to a police station and ask either a sworn member of police or a Justice of the Peace located in the station to certify them. You can also have your photocopies certified at selected Justice Service Centre.


Please note: The Registry does not accept proof of identity documents certified by pharmacists, legal practitioners or other professionals.


You must mail certified photocopies of each identity document to:

Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
GPO Box 4332
MELBOURNE VIC 3001