Legal Requirements for couples to be married in Australia


The legal age to be married in Australia is 18.


By law a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) must be completed and lodged with me at least one calendar month prior to your wedding date.


  • Both partners will need to produce their passports or original copies of their Birth Certificates plus their driver's licences.  If you were born outside Australia and cannot locate your Birth Certificate, you can use an overseas passport showing date and place of birth or provide a Statutory Declaration

  • At least one form of photo ID must be shown.

  • If either partner has been married before an original Divorce Certificate or a Death Certificate (if the previous spouse has passed away) must be produced

  • If either party has changed their name legally an official Change of Name document must be produced

  • All documents need to be in English or have an official NAATI translation attached

  • All certificates must be originals, extracts or certified copies 


If you cannot lodge the NOIM with me in person, you will need to complete it in front of a Prescribed Authority listed (p4 of the NOIM) and send it to me with the photocopies of the documentation mentioned above so I can verify all the paperwork has been filled in correctly.


Prior to the ceremony both partners will have to sign a Declaration of Marriage to confirm there is no legal reason why the marriage cannot take place.


If either partner does not understand English an Interpreter must be used. This person can be a friend or relative who is fluent in both languages. The interpreter must sign a Statutory Declaration before and after the ceremony has taken place.


By law, two witnesses, who are 18 and over, are required to attend the wedding and sign the Marriage Certificates. Witnesses do not have to be Australian Citizens but must be able to understand English.