All couples intending to marry must provide at least one month’s notice prior to the solemnisation of the marriage by completing the Notice of Intended Marriage
(The Perth Marriage Office can accept a Notice of Intended Marriage from same sex couples from Saturday the 09th of December 2017, with the first Same Sex Marriages eligible to be conducted from Tuesday the 09th of January 2018.)
You can lodge your Notice of Intended Marriage in one of three ways:
1. Call our toll-free number on 1300 024 024 and advise when you’re free to come in for your initial meeting. The Perth Marriage Office is open from 10am to 7pm – Monday to Saturday and we would be happy to schedule an appointment to commence the marriage process.
2. Book an appointment online via our Online Booking System, to come and meet with a Commonwealth Marriage Celebrant to lodge your Notice of Intended Marriage.
3. Lodge your Notice of Intended Marriage electronically via our Online Portal.
Please note: If one party to the marriage is unavailable to sign the Notice of Intended Marriage, the other party can sign and lodge the Notice of Intended Marriage on their behalf.
In Western Australia, the only people who can legally witness a Notice of Intended Marriage (besides a Commonwealth Marriage Celebrant at the Perth Marriage Office) are a Doctor, A Lawyer, a Justice of the Peace or Police Officer. A Commissioner for Declarations (I.e. A Pharmacist, a Postmaster, Etc) cannot witness the NOIM.
Each party will also need to provide a Passport or Birth Certificate as proof of ID prior to the marriage taking place. When lodging your Notice of Intended Marriage online, copies of these documents can be uploaded via the online portal with your Notice of Intended Marriage, however all of the original documents will also need to be provided on the day of your marriage so that your Marriage Celebrant can sight these original documents.
After receiving a copy of your signed and witnessed Notice of Intended Marriage, we will then order your Marriage Certificate from Canberra and confirm the date for your marriage, at which time you will be required to bring your witnesses or guests and sign the Marriage Certificate in their presence. Your marriage will then be solemnised and registered by the Commonwealth Marriage Celebrant.