Register an intention to marry
The right to marry under Australian law is no longer determined by sex or gender identity. Same-sex marriage is now legal in Australia.
Who can register
To be legally married in South Australia, you must not:
- be married to someone else
- be marrying a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister.
At least one person must be 18 years old. If one party is aged 16 to 17, you must have a court order authorising the marriage and written parental consent or the ‘effective consent’ of a magistrate or judge and written parental consent.
How to register
Notice of intended marriage
You need to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) at least one calendar month before your wedding date.
The notice of intended marriage needs to be signed by both people getting married.
If you are signing the notice of intended marriage in Australia, you must sign in front of one of the persons listed 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 you are signing the notice of intended marriage outside of Australia, you must sign in front of one of the persons listed below:
- 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.
If only one person is in Australia, please email our celebrant for further instructions before you complete the notice of intended marriage - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evidence of date and place of birth
Both people must provide their original birth certificate or passport. Photocopies are not accepted. Your passport must show your place of birth.
If these documents are in another language, they must be translated into English by an authorised interpreter/translator service.
If you are providing your original birth certificate, you must also provide current photographic identification, eg drivers licence, proof of age card.
If you have been married, you must provide your original marriage certificate and original divorce certificate (decree absolute) or original death certificate (if a previous partner is deceased). Photocopies are not accepted. If these documents are in another language, they must be translated into English by an authorised interpreter/translator service.
Lodging a notice of intended marriage
Give your notice of intended marriage and supporting evidence to your celebrant.
Both parties must visit the registry office in person to lodge a notice. You will need to bring the supporting evidence and pay the notice lodgement fee of $110.
If you wish to book in your ceremony, you must also pay the ceremony fee of $187 when you lodge the notice - total $297.
Pay using cash or by cheque, money order, credit or debit card at:
Births, Deaths and Marriages,
Level 2, 91 Grenfell Street
Cheques should be made payable to Births, Deaths and Marriages.
Rural or regional applicants can lodge by post. Please email our celebrant for further instructions - registrations.bdm@.agd.sa.gov.au.
Foreign same-sex marriages
Same-sex marriages solemnised overseas are now recognised in Australia. A couple whose foreign same-sex marriage is recognised in Australia cannot marry each other again in Australia unless there is doubt about the validity of the foreign marriage. It is possible for couples to hold another type of ceremony, such as a confirmation of vows or a re-commitment ceremony.
Immigration and overseas residents
One party may lodge a notice of intended marriage if the other party is coming from overseas to live in Australia. We can send you a letter once you have lodged your notice of intended marriage. You can use this letter to support an application for a prospective spouse visa. The overseas party must visit the registry office when they arrive in Australia to complete the paperwork and provide supporting documents.
Single status certificate
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 - single status certificate. 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 $49.75 for each 10 year search period.
Complete and sign the form - SA marriage search application form (PDF 53KB)
2. Supporting evidence
Attach copies of the required ID to your application.
Births, Deaths and Marriages
Consumer and Business Services
GPO Box 1351
Adelaide SA 5001
Births, Deaths and Marriages do not handle matters relating to divorce. The Family Court of Australia can assist with your enquiries.