Births, deaths and marriages

Apply for a marriage or relationship certificate

Marriage certificates are normally used to prove identity, research family history or to show a name change when someone takes on their partner’s name.

Relationship certificates are usually needed to prove that a relationship has been registered.

Commemorative certificates are also available.

Who can apply

The people who are named on the registration can apply for a certificate. Other people who can apply are:

  • a child of the couple
  • a child of one person named on the certificate - authorised under the Adoption Act 1988, subsection 41(4)
  • an executor of their estate, administrator or trustee - evidence of authority and relationship to the deceased needed
  • someone with written authority or power of attorney - evidence of authority needed.

Records more than 75 years old

Anyone can access a certificate that is more than 75 years old. Please allow about 30 days (plus postage time) to receive the certificate.

What you'll need

Applicants need to prove their identity and provide photo ID (except for historical applications). You will need either a:

  • current Australian driver’s licence
  • proof of age card.

If you don’t have those as proof, CBS will accept any two of the following

  • passport
  • Centrelink or health care card
  • pension/seniors/veteran’s card
  • credit/debit card, bank statement
  • occupational  licence -  eg builders licence
  • defence force/police service ID card
  • current Australian firearms licence
  • electricity/gas/utilities account
  • telephone/mobile account.

These documents must show your current name and address on at least one, and your signature on the other.


Fees for certificates cover the search of the register:

Occasionally, CBS can't find a record to match an application. If this happens, a 'no record' certificate is issued and a search fee of $48.75 for each ten-year period is charged.

Priority services

The extra cost for fast-tracking a certificate is $37. Certificates can be picked up from the CBS Customer Service Centre in Adelaide. Priority service is not available for family history searches.

Processing times:

  • counter applications - 30 minutes
  • online or posted applications - same-day service.

Additional postage costs

Please include the appropriate postage amount with your application if your certificate is to be posted to you:

  • registered person-to-person post for online applications - $9.15
  • international registered post for online applications - $13.45
  • express post within Australia - $5.70
  • international express post - $14.45.

Paying for your certificate

You can pay for your certificate:

  • in person – cash, cheque, money order, credit or debit card
  • by post – cheque, money order, credit card
  • online – credit card.

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

How to apply

You can only apply for relationship certificates online.


Apply on the Consumer and Business Services website.

Apply now


1. Application form

Complete and sign the form – Apply for a marriage certificate (184.9 KB PDF)

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

In person

1. Application form

Complete and sign the form - Apply for a marriage certificate (184.9 KB PDF)

2. Supporting evidence

Attach copies of the required ID to your application.

3. Lodgement

Take your application to the CBS Customer Service Centre.

What happens next

Processing times for  certificates can vary and depend on when the marriage or relationship was registered.

Check processing times

Related information

On this site

Researching your family history

Other websites

Contact Births, Deaths and Marriages


131 882

In person

91 Grenfell Street


GPO Box 1351
Adelaide SA 5001

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