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.
Notice of intended marriage - both must sign
You must lodge a notice of intended marriage at least one calendar month before your wedding date. The notice of intended marriage must be signed by both people getting married.
Signing in Australia
If you are signing the notice of intended marriage in Australia, you must sign in front of one of the following:
- 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.
Signing outside Australia
If you are signing the notice of intended marriage outside of Australia, you must sign in front of one of the following:
- 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.
Documents you will need
You will need to lodge supporting evidence with your notice of intended marriage.
- Evidence of your date and place of birth:
- both people must provide their birth certificate or passport. Your passport must show your place of birth, not your nationality or where you currently live
- if you are providing your birth certificate, you must also provide current photographic identification, like a drivers licence or proof of age card
- if these documents are in another language, they must be translated into English by an authorised interpreter/translator service.
- If you’ve been married before, evidence that the marriage has ended:
- through divorce, you must provide your divorce certificate or overseas issued equivalent. If the name on your divorce certificate is different to the name on your birth certificate or passport, you must also provide your marriage certificate
- if your previous partner is deceased, you must provide an official death certificate
- if these documents are in another language, they must be translated into English by an authorised interpreter/translator service and certified as true copies.
Lodging a notice of intended marriage
Your own celebrant
Registry office wedding ceremonies
You'll need to provide details about both parties and upload your supporting evidence. We'll then email you a notice of intended marriage to sign.
You don’t have to complete the online form in one go, you can save the form and carry on where you left off for up to 48 hours.
Foreign same-sex marriages
Same-sex marriages solemnised overseas are 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
If one party is coming from overseas to live in Australia, we can send you a letter once you have lodged your notice. You can use the letter to support an application for a prospective spouse visa.
Getting married overseas - providing proof you're single
Some countries require proof that you have not already been married. This is called a single status certificate.
If you were born, or currently live in South Australia, we can search the marriage register and provide a certificate that states there's no record of a marriage in your name in SA.
If you weren’t born in SA, we can only search the marriage register for the period you were living here.
This cost is $55.50 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.
3. LodgementPost the form, supporting documents and payment to:
Births, Deaths and Marriages
Consumer and Business Services
GPO Box 1351
Adelaide SA 5001
If your application is urgent you can lodge it at the CBS Customer Service Centre. There is an additional fee for urgent applications.
Births, Deaths and Marriages do not handle matters relating to divorce. The Family Court of Australia can assist with your enquiries and getting certificates.
Getting married - Australian Government Attorney-General's Department