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Marriage Certificates
Tim Manger
Civil Marriage Celebrant

There are 3 certificates to sign on the day of your wedding:

1. Celebrant Copy (form 16)

This is the copy kept by the marriage celebrant as proof of the solemnisation. The names printed on the form must be exactly the same as on the bride and groom's birth certificates (if born in Australia), or passports (if born overseas).

2. Registry Copy (form 16)

This is the copy sent to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. The names printed on the form must be exactly the same as on the bride and groom's birth certificates (if born in Australia), or passports (if born overseas).

3. Wedding Couple Copy (form 15)

This is the pretty copy of the certificate that is kept by the wedding couple as a reminder of their commitment. It is a common misconception that the pretty (memento) certificate can be used as proof of ID after marriage.

For couples (brides) wanting to use their new married name for legal purposes, an official Marriage Certificate must be applied for separately from the Office of Births Deaths and Marriages (see below).

Official Tracking of Certificates

Celebrants are also required to record each certificate, whether or not they have been issued or destroyed. This is done using a Record of Certificate Use - Form 15.

Applying for an Official Marriage Certificate

Once a marriage has been solemnised and the paperwork has been forward to the office of Birth, Deaths and Marriages, a couple ,ay apply for an Official Marriage Certificate.

This certificate is a printed version of the hand-written (submitted) Form 16, and enables the female to adopt a pseudo name change. The official marriage certificate can be used when applying for a passport, social securities, insurance plus more.


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You need 2 witnesses over the age of 18 to witness the signing of your marriage certificates and marriage register.

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Why are there 3 Marriage Certificates?

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This is because one is sent to Births, Deaths and Marriages, one gets kept by the Celebrant, and one is given to the couple getting married.

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Is it legal to sign the Marriage Certificates whilst intoxicated?

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What signature do I use to sign the Marriage Certificates?

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You use your normal signature (the one you always use). Your signature is simply your stamp or seal.

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What happens if I make a mistake when completing the NOIM?

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Changes are allowed to be made on the NOIM, you do not need to start over. The NOIM forms the basis for all your other marriage certificates, so it is important that it is correct.

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Can I use my Marriage Certificate to get an upgrade whilst on my honeymoon?

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Can my bridal party sign the back of my Marriage Certificate?

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Yes, in fact anyone can sign the back of the marriage certificate, including friends, family and even pets.

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Can I use my commemorative marriage certificate to get a Passport?

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I provide a printed government registered Marriage Certificate.

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