What is the Official Certificate of Marriage
The Official Certificate of Marriage is a legal document that can be used as proof that you are married. It isn’t something that you get on your wedding day. That’s right – the pretty document that you take home after your wedding is a ceremonial certificate. It’s a pretty souvenir and isn’t legal proof that you are married. The other paperwork you sign on your wedding day is either sent to Births, Deaths and Marriages to register your marriage or kept by your celebrant.
Why Buy the Official Certificate of Marriage
You don’t have to buy the Official Certificate of Marriage, but it’s a very handy document to have.
If either you or your partner is changing surname, buying the Official Certificate is the easiest way to do this. Once you have the certificate, scan it and make several copies. Have the copies certified by a JP and then take the original certificate plus a copy into wherever you want to change your name – the bank, the Department of Transport, passport office, etc. Use the original certificate to prove that you are married and entitled to change your surname. Take the original home with you and leave a copy for their records.
Even if you’re not changing your name, it can be handy to be able to prove that you are married. This can be important if you are contemplating travelling to, or living and working in, conservative countries where unmarried couples are discouraged or prohibited from living together. In some countries, it is easier to get a visa to accompany a spouse working there if you can prove that you’re married.
Pricing varies slightly between states, but a standard certificate currently costs between $50 and $55 in most Australian states. For around $65 to $70, you can get a commemorative pack with the standard certificate plus a pretty one for framing. Standard postage to anywhere in the world is included, but if you want the certificate sent by registered post or express post, Births, Deaths and Marriages will add a small additional charge.
How to get the Official Certificate of Marriage
There are a few different ways to get the Official Certificate of Marriage. First the hard ways…
- After your marriage, download the application form from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the state where your marriage is registered. Fill in the form, make copies of all the necessary ID as detailed on the form, and take the form, the originals and the copies of your ID to a JP to certify the copies, then send the application and the certified copies of your ID to Births, Deaths and Marriages along with your payment details
- Before your marriage, fill in the application form and take it along with the originals of your ID and your payment details to your celebrant who can sight your ID and submit the form along with the marriage documents they send to Births, Deaths and Marriages to register your marriage
Now the smarter, stress free way…
- I submit all your wedding documentation electronically to Births, Deaths and Marriages if your wedding is in Queensland. I sight the necessary ID before your marriage and check a box online to advise BDM that you want to buy the Official Certificate of Marriage and give them your email address and phone number. As soon as your marriage is registered, BDM contact you to get your payment details and soon, your certificate is posted to you – no fuss, no stress, easy
I’m happy to help make buying the Official Certificate of Marriage simple and stress free. CALL ME NOW for a celebrant who “goes the extra mile” to help make your wedding day amazing.
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