The “certificate” presented to you at your wedding is different to the certificate that is issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. In order to eliminate hassles later on it is advisable to get an official certificate of registration of a marriage from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in your state.
Your celebrant should register your marriage for you, you just need to send in the application for a Marriage Certificate form or go into the registry (with proof of ID). In some instances certificates can be ordered online or by mail. In all instances a fee is payable. Contact details for each state are listed in the name change kit, and forms for each state are provided in this kit as well. You will need to get some certified copies of your marriage certificate to send out to organisations that you want to change your name with.
If you intend to go into your Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in person to collect your certificate, you should give them a call first to make sure your marriage registration has been processed. Some Registries take their time, and it can take up to six weeks from your celebrant registering your marriage to your official marriage certificate being ready for collection.
A Name Change Certificate is a different certificate again. If you are changing to your husband’s name, you don’t need one of these. And if you are hyphenating etc you don’t need a Marriage Certificate. Confused? The process confuses me sometimes and I’ve been helping brides change their name for the past 7 years!
I suggest grabbing yourself a name change kit to help make your name change a lot simpler. My name change kit comes with a 30 day money back guarantee, so if it doesn’t help you, you’ve lost nothing!
Where to Find Your Local Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages The quickest and easiest way to get a copy of your marriage certificate is to pop into your local Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages. If you’re lucky enough to live in a capital city where this is possible, here is where you can find your local registry.
Ground floor, 595 Collins Street Melbourne (Southern Cross Station end)
New South Wales
35 Regest Street, Chippendale, Sydney.
Australian Capital Territory
255 Canberra Avenue, Fyshwick, Canberra
110 George Street, Brisbane
Ground Floor, Nichols Place, Corner of Cavenagh and Bennett Streets, Darwin
Level 10, Westralia Square, 141 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Level 2, Chesser House, 91-97 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
Tasmania has made it easy, you can go to any Service Tasmania outlet!
West Tamar Council Chambers, West Street, Beaconsfield
Bridgewater LINC, Green Point Road, Bridgewater
Reece House, 48 Cattley Street, Burnie
Town Hall, Main Road, Campbell Town
8 Emu Bay Road, Deloraine
15 George Street, Currie, King Island
16-18 Anne Street, George Town
21 Oldaker Street, Devonport
4 Terry Street, Glenorchy
134 Macquarie Street, Hobart
Shop 87A Channel Court Shopping Centre, Kingston
Huon LINC Building, 1 Skinner Drive, Huonville
Henty House, 1 Civic Square, Launceston
Shop 6, 9 Wellington St, Longford
14 Bathurst Street, New Norfolk
71 High Street, Oatlands
9-13 Driffield Street, Queenstown
Library, Bligh Street, Rosny Park
Council Chambers, 3 Ellenor Street, Scottsdale
130 Nelson Street, Smithton
64 High Street, Sheffield
Shop 3, 5 Fitzroy Street, Sorell
17 Vicary Street, Triabunna
65 Cecilia Street, St Helens
54-56 King Edward Street, Ulverstone
Lagoon Road, Whitemark, Flinders Island
72 Goldie Street, Wynyard
Information was correct at the time of publishing.