The Perth Marriage Office is open 10:00am – 7:00pm, 7 days per week for official, legal weddings in a Registy-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 ceremony registered in Australia.
Marriages at the Perth Marriage Office are typically for;
- Couples who just need the minimum legal requirements to be married.
- Couples who are planning a ceremony overseas (Bali, Thailand, Etc) but want their marriage registered in Australia.
- Couples who do not plan to have a ‘traditional’ wedding ceremony.
- Couples applying for a Visa through the Department of Immigration.
- 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 at our office 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 Friday, the Perth Marriage Office also allows for marriages outside of usual business hours (including weekends) 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 a Marriage Certificate immediately following the completion of the legal paperwork. 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 following your first meeting at the Perth Marriage Office.
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 booked via the booking 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.
Only one party to the marriage is legally required to be in attendance in order to lodge the Notice of Intended Marriage with the Perth Marriage Office and commence the legal paperwork. (However both persons are preferred, if available). You will need to have either your original birth certificates OR passports with you at the initial meeting, or the original documents will need to be sighted before your marriage. If either party to the marriage has been married previously, evidence of the termination of the last marriage must be produced, ie a divorce certificate or decree nisi of dissolution of marriage that has become absolute or a full death certificate.
PERMANENT RESIDENCY & CITIZENSHIP
Couples are not required to be Australian Citizens or have Permanent Residency in order to marry legally in Australia. Anyone over the age of 18 can marry in Australia, irrespective of their nationality (or their partners nationality), as long as they can provide a passport OR birth certificate as proof of their date & place of birth and there is no legal impediment to their legal 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, the registered celebrant on duty 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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