Legal Requirements

In order for your marriage to be legally binding, the Marriage Act 1961 has certain legal obligations to be met prior to a wedding being solemnised by a Civil Marriage Celebrant.

These obligations are:

Notice of Intended Marriage Form (NOIM)

Completion and lodgement with your celebrant of a Notice of Intended Marriage form - no earlier than eighteen months before but no later than one calendar month and one day prior to your wedding ceremony.

If born in Australia you will need to present your original or extract birth certificate, and if from overseas your passport and your original or extract birth certificate will be required. Your names must be written on the NOIM as they appear on your birth certificate or previous marriage certificate or change of name form and they should not be changed in any way.

If either of you is divorced or a widow/widower, evidence of your divorce or the death of your partner must be produced when completing the NOIM which is to be signed in the presence of your celebrant.


A declaration is to be completed prior to your wedding ceremony declaring that there is no legal impediment to your marriage. Please note that it is an offence and punishable by Law to make a false declaration.

Under 18 Years of Age

If either of you are under 18 years of age you cannot marry without an order from the court under Section 12 of the Marriage Act and the relevant consents from parents or guardians. Legal assistance will be needed to obtain a court order.


Two witnesses over the age of 18 years of age will be required to sign the marriage certificates at your ceremony.

Legal Documentation

After your wedding ceremony you will be issued with an official Certificate of Marriage for you to keep, which is evidence of your legal status. Your NOIM, official certificate for registration purposes and declaration will be forwarded to the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages.

A registered Marriage Certificate can be purchased from the Registry of Birth Deaths and Marriages, the cost varies according to the certificate you choose.