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Marriage Certificate

On payment of a fee and subject to eligibility, the Western Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages can provide a certificate from a marriage registered in Western Australia since 1 September 1841. If the marriage occurred in another State, contact the relevant Registry Office.

Who is eligible to apply for a certificate?

The bride or groom named on the marriage certificate can apply for the certificate.

A person must be at least 16 years of age to apply for a certificate and must provide three forms of their identification.

See the Registry’s Marriage Certificate Access Policy for full eligibility requirements.

If you are not an eligible applicant you must provide the written consent or authority from an eligible person and you must also provide identification for yourself and that person (see Letter of Authority download on this page).

There is unrestricted access and no identification requirements are needed for marriages that occurred 75 years ago or more.

Identification requirements

When applying for a certificate in person three forms of identification must be provided. Photocopies must be certified by a qualified person.

When applying by post, three forms of photocopied and certified identification documents must be provided with your application. Do not post original documents.

When applying from overseas - The Western Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages will consider current photocopied and certified overseas identification documents equivalent to those stated in the identification lists.  Do not post original documents.

Certification requirements

Photocopies of identification will only be accepted if they are certified by a qualified person as being “true copies” of the original documents.

Legalising documents for use in overseas countries

Note: Some overseas countries require Australian documents to be authenticated. Refer to Smartraveller - Legalising Documents for further information on this requirement.

Phone, fax, email or online applications

The Registry is unable to accept applications by phone, fax, email or online. 

Last Updated: 23-Jul-2014

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