Legal Requirements


When you tie the knot, you and your partner will need to comply with a number of legal requirements.  These requirements vary by location, but in Queensland, Australia they are as follows…


  •  You are required to provide 3 forms of identification this can include:
    • Original Birth Certificates
    • Current Drivers Licences
    • Passports (Australian or Foreign),
    • Current proof of age cards,
    • Current, Valid Photo ID


  • If you were born outside of Australia and do not have a birth certificate, an original passport showing your date and place of birth must be produced plus a second identification (as above)



  • The forms must be completed in front of the Civil Celebrant, a Solicitor, a Justice of the peace, a legally qualified medical practitioner or a member of the Australian Federal Police or the Police force of a State or Territory.


  • A Deed Poll of Change of Name (if applicable)


  • Two witnesses, both over the age of 18 to be in attendance at your signing of the marriage certificate.  These will typically be selected guests at yout wedding.


  • There is compulsory wording that must be spoken by the Celebrant and the couple, according to the Marriage Act, to legally solemnise a marraige with Australia. Your celebrant will assist with ensuring this wording is used in the ceremony.


  • If either of you have ever previously been married, you may also need…
    • A Divorce Decree Absolute if either or both of you have been previously married or divorced
    • A Death Certificate if either or both of you have been widowed


The relevant paperwork will need to be lodged with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.  Typically your celebrant will do this part for you.


If you’re uncertain of any of the legal requirements for your upcoming nuptials, please don’t hestiate to contact us and we’d be happy to assist in answering any questions you may have.