I am required by law to sight your birth certificates and some photo identification. If you don’t have an original Birth Certificate, you can apply to the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the State/Territory you were born. I highly recommend that you do this without delay as it can take some time to process your application. IMPORTANT: An Australian passport cannot be accepted under any circumstances for persons born in Australia and statutory declarations only apply to persons born overseas.
If you were born overseas and hold a current overseas passport this is acceptable, or a birth certificate that is translated in English by a Registered Certified Translator – Any documents in a foreign language must be translated into English and a Translation Certificate supplied. If your name differs from your documentary evidence, you will need to produce original documentation showing the reason for the change, such as ORIGINAL, Change of Name Certificate, Marriage Certificate.
If either of you have been previously married, then your Original Divorce Decree papers or Death Certificate of a previous spouse. (If you need a copy of your Divorce Paper please contact the Family Law Court in the State you were Divorced). If you have been widowed, please bring the Original Death Certificate.
All of these documents are preferred at the time of completing The NOIM as this ensures the Notice of Intended Marriage is completed correctly.
If you are overseas you can email me completed Notice of Intention to Marry that has been signed by the relevant parties. Once this is done, you can email it to me in Australia. The day I receive the scanned copy is the “lodgement date” – this makes it very easy to lodge your Notice in time BUT I must receive the original prior to the wedding day.
Following the ceremony, you will sign 3 Marriage Certificates. The first is the official certificate which is sent to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, the second is a copy which is kept in My Marriage Register as a record of your marriage and the third is a numbered Wedding Certificate, often referred to as a “presentation” certificate, which will be presented to you. Two witnesses over the age of 18 who can read and understand English will also be required to sign the above documentation.