WEDDING LEGAL REQUIREMENTS
 for Marriage in Australia


Couples must submit to the Celebrant a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) at least
1 month before the date of the proposed wedding date.

GOV., LINK FOR DOWNLOADING THE NOIM
https://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Documents/New-notice-of-intended-marriage.pdf

AFTER YOUR WEDDING HAS BEEN CONFIRMED WITH ME, THIS IS THE PROCEDURE……
Couples need to DOWNLOAD from the weblink above, the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM),  have it  SIGNED by
at least one of you, (one signature is sufficient for the NOIM to be officially lodged) in the presence of any of those authorized WITNESSES mentioned at (a) on Page 4 of the NOIM. (Can only be these designated witnesses).

I would then need the SCANNED NOIM emailed to me at kayearl@cairnsweddings.com.au 
(A scanned, signed and witnessed NOIM sent to the Celebrant is sufficient for the NOIM to be “officially lodged”).

You also need to SCAN to me COPIES of relevant supporting ID documents listed below - if possible, along with the NOIM.

BEFORE A MARRIAGE CAN TAKE PLACE,
Celebrant needs to sight the originals of all Documents that have been previously scanned, and take possession of the original NOIM (Notice of Intended marriage).
You must be over the age of 18.

If you are a resident of Australia,

you will need Originals of ALL DOCUMENTS :
Birth Certificates (See **)
Official Court Divorce Papers,
Death Certificate if widowed
Certificate of Name Change
, if name has been changed other than by previous marriage.
Photo ID (Passport or Driver’s Licence)

**If you are absolutely unable to produce a Birth Certificate, but have an Australian Passport, this alone will do, BUT not having the Birth Certificate, can mean that the information on the Official Marriage Certificate may be in error. To correct it later will require a Birth Certificate anyway, so best to have it at the start.

NB: Your signatures on Notice of Intended Marriage can ONLY be witnessed by those mentioned on the back of the Form:
(a) for couples living in Australia or
(b) for couples living overseas.
 

If you are coming from Overseas for your marriage,

you will need:
A current Overseas Passport
Official Court Divorce Papers
Death Certificate if widowed
Certificate of Name Change
, if name has been changed other than by previous marriage

You MUST have your Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) Form witnessed by ONLY:
An Australian Embassy/Consular Authorized Staff member
or a Notary Public of your country. (See a Law Firm in your home town for lists of these.)

Any documents NOT in English need to be translated and originals of both to be brought with you for Celebrant to SIGHT before a Ceremony can be officiated.

NB: Your signatures on Notice of Intended Marriage can ONLY be witnessed by those mentioned on the back of the Form:
(a) for couples living in Australia or
(b) for couples living overseas.

OBTAINING YOUR OFFICIAL REGISTERED CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE AFTER THE WEDDING:
(It is so important that if there are any changes to CONTACT Details, particularly POSTAL address and PHONE, OCCUPATIONS, to advise me as soon as possible).

On the day of your wedding, I will give you a PRESENTATION CERTIFICATE, but these days all couples who have married in Queensland, MUST apply, AFTER the wedding, for their Official Registered Certificate of Marriage from the Births, Deaths and Marriages Dept., (BDM) in Brisbane, Queensland.

This is NORMALLY the responsibility of the couple, and involves having to obtain Certified copies of supporting ID, completing a 4 page Application form, BUT… if you elect to have me simply indicate on your ONLINE REGISTRATION of your MARRIAGE, that you wish to apply, then you only have to ADVISE me of this when you send the NOIM through to me for lodgement, and I will activate your request through the ONLINE REGISTRATION system.

Within days of the Marriage being registered at the Qld BDM, they will then contact you re payment method. The Fee for this document is between you and the Dept., and for the 2017-2018 period, the fee is $46.60, but there is always a small Fee rise each July.

Upon receipt of the payment, BDM will then post the Official Certificate of Marriage to the Postal address you have nominated.

FEES (Current) for BDM certificates.
Here is the link: BDM Fees

WHY YOU NEED TO APPLY FOR YOUR OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE:
There are many reasons including showing the Certificate as EVIDENCE of either -
your Marriage
your Conjugal Status
changes to your Surname
Re-registering your marriage in your country of origin (only if that country requires.)

These changes can relate to you both. For example - Superannuation, Wills, Life Insurance, Taxation, Centrelink, as well as Name change evidence for such documents as Passports and Driver Licences.

REMEMBER TO BRING the Originals of all documents with you to be sighted by me, if I haven’t already seen them, and ensure you have given me your ORIGINAL NOIM. These are necessities BEFORE a marriage can take place.

Saralyn Kay EARL – CAIRNS WEDDINGS – Celebrant apt. 1995 : Justice of the Peace (Qual)


PRESENTATION CERTIFICATE

 


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