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Marriages occurring in WA since 1841 are registered in the Western Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
The Marriage Act 1961 requires the authorised celebrant, within 14 days of the date of marriage, to forward the marriage papers to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages for registration.
There is no provision to register an overseas marriage in Australia.
An overseas marriage would be generally recognised as a legal marriage if it is similar in nature to a marriage conducted in Australia. For example, if the bride and groom were both over the age of 18 years, not married to another person and not in a prohibited relationship (ie, closely related).
For further information visit the Smartraveller webpage on overseas marriages.
The overseas country's registry authorities will register the marriage and can provide you with a marriage certificate as proof of the marriage.
The marriage certificate may require an official translation if not in English.
Changing a name after marriage
Visit the change of name section for information on changing a name after marriage.
Privacy & Disclosure of Information
The collection of information is authorised by the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1998. This information is used for registering life events occurring in Western Australia and issuing certificates
Access to certificates is only approved in accordance with the Registry's Certificate Access and Identification policies. General information regarding these policies is available from the Registry's website at Marriage Certificate Access Policy and Identification Requirements.
Registry legislation also allows the Registrar to release information to approved agencies for statistical purposes, medical research, community planning, law enforcement and other uses provided for by law.
A copy of the Department's policy framework regarding information sharing is available at Information Sharing Between Government Agencies.
Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages
Department of the Attorney General
Level 10, 141 St Georges Terrace
PERTH WA 6000
Phone: 1300 305 021
Fax: (08) 9264 1599
PO Box 7720
Perth WA 6850
Hours: 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).
To avoid the usual busy times please consider visiting the Perth Registry between 8.30am - 10am or 2pm - 4pm.
Customer warning - online certificate companies
The WA Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages is aware that some private companies have set up official-looking websites to charge people for downloading copies of birth, death and marriage forms. The forms are available on this website for the public to download at no cost. These companies have no affiliation with the Registry and any complaints about their operations should be directed to the WA Department of Commerce's Consumer Protection division.
Last Updated: 15-Nov-2012