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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.

  • The people who are named on the registration can apply for a certificate.
  • Anyone can access a certificate that's more than 75 years old.
  • Certain people can apply for someone else's certificate. Who can apply?

You'll need to supply information about the people whose certificate you want, and proof of your identity.

Standard certificate - $54.50
Standard and commemorative certificates - $77.00 

Other ways to apply

What you'll need

You will need to know basic information such as the couple's names and the date of the marriage or registration.

Proof of identity

You will need to prove your identity unless you're applying for a certificate that's more than 75 years old.

If you're applying in person or by post, you will need either of these showing your photo, current name, postal address and signature:

  • a current Australian driver's licence
  • a proof of age card.

If you don’t have those, CBS will accept any two of the following showing your current name and postal address on one, and your signature on the other:

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

If applying online you can upload scanned or photographed images of your ID.

Ways to pay

You can pay for your certificate:

  • in person - cash, cheque, money order, credit/debit card
  • by post - cheque, money order, credit card
  • if you apply online - credit card.

Make cheques payable to Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Occasionally Consumer and Business Services (CBS) can't find a record to match an application. If this happens, a 'no record' certificate is issued and a search fee of $54.50 for each ten-year period is charged.

Processing times

Processing times can vary depending on the date of the certificate.

Check estimated processing times on the CBS website to work out how long it will take to get your certificate.

Fast track option

An application can be fast-tracked by paying a priority fee of $41.50. Certificates can be collected from the CBS Customer Service Centre in Adelaide, or sent by express post. There is no extra postage cost for a fast-tracked certificate sent by express post.

Priority service processing times:

  • CBS Customer Service Centre applications - 30 mins
  • online or posted applications - available for collection or posted within 24 hours.

Contact Births, Deaths and Marriages

Phone: 131 882

GPO Box 1351
Adelaide SA 5001

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