You will need to complete a Notice of Intended Marriage Form, which I will supply for you and witness your signatures. This Form provides official notice of your intended wedding date and must be signed and received by myself, not more than 18 months, and not less than one calendar month of your wedding date. If you live out of town and are pressed for time, you can sign the form and have your signatures witnessed at your local police station and then post the original to me for lodgement. Other than myself, accepted witnesses for the Notice of Intended Marriage form which are:
-A Justice of the Peace
-A Barrister or Solicitor
-A Qualified medical Practitioner (please note that this does not include a pharmacist)
-A member of the Australian State or Federal police force
If you are unable to both sign the form at the same time, it can be accepted with just one of the intended bride or groom’s signature, so long as the other signs at any time prior to the marriage.
If you are overseas you must have your signatures witnessed by an Australian Consulate Officer or an Australian Diplomatic Officer with their credentials noted.
The law requires that two adult witnesses, therefore any persons over the age of 18, must be present at the marriage. They will also sign the Marriage Certificate alongside the bride and groom.
The Notice of Intended Marriage Form requires proof of birth which can be a Birth Certificate, Extract of Birth or your Passport. The passport is accepted even if expired, but is not accepted if cancelled. A Driver’s Licence can also be used as sufficient photo identification alongside a birth certificate or extract.
The form also requires you provide a Certificate of Divorce if you have previously married and a Death Certificate if you are widowed.
Just prior to your wedding day, usually at the rehearsal, you will sign a Statutory Declaration stating there is no legal impediment to your marriage. I provide you with this form, and witness your signatures.
On your wedding day I will give you a copy of your Marriage Certificate and Wedding Ceremony for keepsake. I lodge all documents required to register your marriage with Births Deaths & Marriages efficiently following your wedding.
Your keepsake Certificate cannot be used for any legal documents. If changing your surname you will need to obtain an “official copy” of your marriage certificate. This copy is only available from Births, Deaths and Marriages. Applications can be made online with the Births Deaths & Marriages website and a small fee is payable. Once your receive the official copy, you can then take this along with you to update details with Vic Roads, banking authorities and so on.