Births, deaths and marriages

Register an intention to marry

People getting married in South Australia need to register their intention at least one month before the ceremony. The notice of intended marriage must be given to the marriage celebrant. The ceremony needs to take place within eighteen months of registering.

How to register

1. Complete the form

Fill out Notice of Intended Marriage.

The notice needs to be signed by both people getting married. Sign in front of one person from the list below:

  • authorised marriage celebrant
  • commissioner for declarations under the Statutory Declarations Act 1959
  • justice of the peace
  • barrister or solicitor
  • legally qualified medical doctor
  • police officer - state or federal.

If only one person is in Australia

Give the notice to the celebrant (or Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) if you are getting married at Chesser House) with one signature. You will need to sign in front of one person from the above list. Your partner can sign and provide proof of ID once they arrive in Australia and before the wedding day.

If both people are in another country

Contact your celebrant before you fill out the Notice of Intended Marriage. If you are having your ceremony at Chesser House, email registrations.bdm@agd.sa.gov.au.

Your celebrant will usually ask you to post the notice to them. Sign the notice in front of one of these people:

  • Australian diplomatic officer
  • Australian consular officer
  • Commonwealth employee authorised under paragraph 3(c) of the Consular Fees Act 1955
  • Australian Trade Commission employee authorised under paragraph 3(d) of the Consular Fees Act 1955
  • notary public.

2. Supporting evidence

Attach the following proof of identity to the notice:

  • if born in Australia - birth certificates or passport
  • if born overseas - passport or birth certificate from your country of origin (your passport must show place of birth)
  • if married before - marriage certificate and divorce papers (decree absolute) or death certificate (if previous partner is deceased).

Translated copies are needed if the documents are in a language other than English.

Include at least one form of additional ID:

  • driver’s licence
  • proof of age or photo card
  • Australian or overseas passport
  • Australian citizenship certificate plus photographic evidence - eg student card or other photo identification not listed above.

3. Lodgement options

Cheques should be made payable to Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Your own celebrant

Give your notice and supporting evidence to your celebrant. They will register your marriage with Consumer and Business Services within 14 days of your ceremony.

Chesser House ceremonies

You and your partner must lodge the notice together at Chesser House. You will also need to bring the supporting evidence and pay the notice fee of $106.

If you wish to book in your ceremony, include the ceremony fee of $179 when you lodge the notice - total $285.

In person

Pay using cash or by cheque, money order, credit or debit card at:

Births, Deaths and Marriages,
Level 2, 91 Grenfell Street
Adelaide

Post

Rural or regional applicants can lodge by post - send a cheque, money order or credit card details to:

Births, Deaths and Marriages
Consumer and Business Services
GPO Box 1351
Adelaide SA 5001

Immigration and overseas residents

If you or your partner live overseas and are planning to come to Australia to live, we will send you a letter once we receive and lodge your notice of intended marriage. You can use this letter to support an application for a prospective spouse visa. If documents are in a language other than English, you will need to provide translated documents.

Getting married overseas

If you were born or currently live in South Australia and are getting married overseas, some countries require proof that you have not already been married. We can search the marriage register and provide a certificate that states there is no record of a marriage in your name in SA. This cost is $47.75 for each 10 year search period.

1. Application

Complete and sign the form – SA marriage search application form (PDF 53KB)

2. Supporting evidence

Attach copies of the required ID to your application.

3. Lodgement

Post to:

Births, Deaths and Marriages
Consumer and Business Services
GPO Box 1351
Adelaide SA 5001

Legal age to marry

The minimum legal age to marry is 18 years. People aged 16 to 17 can apply to a Judge or magistrate to authorise the marriage if their partner is 18 years or older. The parents of the 16 or 17 year old must also agree.

A court order authorising the marriage and written parental consent or the 'effective consent' of a magistrate or judge and written parental consent must be given to the celebrant - witnessed and dated no more than three months before the ceremony.


Related information

On this site

Getting married at the Registry Office

Other websites

Getting married - Australian Government Attorney-General's Department

Contact Births, Deaths and Marriages

Phone

131 882

In person

91 Grenfell Street
Adelaide

Post

GPO Box 1351
Adelaide SA 5001


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Page last updated 13 February 2017

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