Please note: Couples marrying overseas will have their marriage registered in the country of their wedding, rather than Australia, UNLESS the legal formalities are completed in Australia before their ceremony overseas.
This means all of your legal paperwork, marriage registration and history will not be accessible by the Australian Government if you have a wedding overseas under local law.
Therefore, if the bride wishes to take her husbands name, she will need to do so by Deed Poll / State Name Change in Australia, rather than using her Marriage Certificate, which will not be recognised as an authority to use her married name in Australia.
However, by completing all of the legal marriage requirements in Australia before they go, couples will have their marriage registered in Australia and all of their paperwork and duplicates of their Marriage Certificate will be available in the State in which they registered their marraige.
Also, using a local priest or celebrant can often be a challenging and very costly process and involves certain procedures and payments to local officials which still do not always guarantee that your wedding will be recognised by Australian authorities.
For couples who are having, or have already had a civil ceremony overseas (Not an official ceremony) and require their marriage registered in Australia, the Perth Marriage Office can assist with this paperwork.
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1300 024 024
Level 1, 115 Francis Street,
Perth, WA 6000
Open 7 Days, Monday to Sunday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm (By Appointment)
Fill out the form below including payment details and we will notify you of your application outcome.
Please submit EITHER a Passport OR Birth Certificate & Photo ID.
Please submit EITHER a Divorce Certificate OR Death Certificate. (An 'Application' for Divorce or the 'Divorce Hearing' paperwork is not acceptable as proof of termination of a previous marriage.)
Fee includes all of the legal paperwork for marriage, the official Commonwealth Marriage Certificate to be ordered from Canberra, and the Marriage File for registration of marriage on the chosen date.
Note: There is no charge for the actual signing of the marriage register on the day of marriage.