The Perth Marriage Office is open 10:00am to 7:00pm – 7 days per week, for official, legal weddings in a Registry Office format.
The Perth Marriage Office is staffed by Commonwealth Marriage Celebrants and proceedings are conducted in a meeting room where the legal paperwork is signed and the marriage is solemnised according to law. There is no ‘ceremony’ associated to the legal process and this marriage service is typically for couples who just need the minimum legal requirements to be married, or require their marriage to be registered in Australia.
Marriages at the Perth Marriage Office are typically for;
- Couples who are planning a ceremony overseas (Bali, Thailand, Etc) but want their marriage registered in Australia.
- Couples applying for a Visa through the Department of Immigration. (Fiancé Prospective Marriage Visa Application)
- Couples who just need the minimum legal requirements to be married.
- Couples who do not plan to have a ‘traditional’ wedding ceremony.
- Couples who are eloping.
- Couples who have already had a ceremony overseas and just need the legal component performed.
- Couples who are having a friend or family member perform a cultural or religious ceremony separately.
HOURS OF BUSINESS
The Perth Marriage Office conducts marriages by appointment throughout the day. Although most marriages at the Perth Marriage Office take place between the usual business hours of 10:00am to 7:00pm – Monday to Saturday, the Perth Marriage Office also allows for marriages outside of usual business hours to cater for working couples who are only available after hours.
The Perth Marriage Office is available to take bookings by appointment for marriages seven days per week, 24 hours per day, (subject to booking availability) however marriages conducted at the Perth Marriage Office are typically for the couple and two witnesses only. For marriages where a larger number of guests are required, the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages offers seating for up to 22 guests and can be contacted here.
The current fee for marriages at the Perth Marriage Office is $400 (plus GST) and includes the lodgement of all legal paperwork with the WA Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Couples will also receive their official Commonwealth Marriage Certificate immediately following their marriage. Once all paperwork has been lodged with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, registered copies can be obtained from the Registrar or any local court-house.
(Fiancé Visa Letters are also available upon request. If you have been asked to provide the Department of Immigration with a Fiancé Visa Letter, this can be obtained immediately after lodging your Notice of Intended Marriage, at your first meeting with the Perth Marriage Office.)
WHO CAN MARRY IN AUSTRALIA
Anyone over the age of 18 can marry in Australia, irrespective of their nationality (or their partners nationality). Couples are not required to be Australian Citizens or have Permanent Residency in order to legally marry in Australia, as long as they can provide a Passport as proof of their date & place of birth and there is no legal impediment to their legal marriage.
Only one party to the marriage is legally required to lodge the Notice of Intended Marriage with the Perth Marriage Office and commence the legal paperwork, so if the other party to the marriage is overseas or not available for the initial meeting, this does not prevent the Notice of Intended Marriage from being lodged. (However both persons are preferred, if available)
A passport is the preferred method of identification for marriages at the Perth Marriage Office, as this form of ID provides the required evidence of your place and date of birth, as well as a photograph of the passport holder. (If a passport is not available, an original Birth Certificate can also be used as identification, although sufficient photo ID will also need to be provided if using a Birth Certificate.)
If either party to the marriage has been married previously, evidence of the termination of the last marriage must be produced. I.e. A divorce certificate or decree nisi of dissolution of marriage that has become absolute or a full death certificate.
These documents can be provided at the initial meeting, or if they are not available at the first meeting, the original documents will need to be sighted any time before your marriage takes place, but do not prevent you from lodging the Notice of Intended Marriage.
Your marriage can be arranged by making an appointment to lodge the Notice of Intended Marriage form at the Perth Marriage Office and payment of the above fee. Once the NOIM has been lodged with the Perth Marriage Office, your marriage date can then be set.
Appointments can be made via the contact form and a Commonwealth Marriage Celebrant will return your enquiry to confirm your booking. At your initial appointment, your original documents will be sighted and arrangements will be made to order your Marriage Certificate and commence the legal paperwork for your marriage.
FIANCÉ VISA LETTERS & PROSPECTIVE MARRIAGE VISAS
Fiancé Visa Letters are also available upon request. If you have been asked to provide the Department of Immigration with a Fiancé Visa Letter, this can be obtained immediately following your first meeting at the Perth Marriage Office. Only one persons signature is legally required in order to lodge the Notice of Intended Marriage, so the party to the marriage already in Australia can lodge this Notice on behalf of the couple, prior to the second party arriving in Australia.
The prospective marriage visa is available to people outside Australia who intend to marry their Australian partner after they enter Australia. This visa is not available for people in Australia.
A prospective marriage visa is valid for nine months from the date of grant. A prospective marriage visa holder must enter Australia, marry their sponsoring partner and apply for a partner visa in Australia within the nine month period. The visa cannot be extended in Australia. Further information on the Prospective Marriage Visa is available from the Department of Immigration here.
On the day of your marriage, your Commonwealth Marriage Celebrant will perform the legal requirements for marriage in Australia. The bride and groom will need to arrange for two adults, (at least 18 years of age) to be present to witness their marriage.
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