BDM

Information about getting married in South Australia, registering your intent to marry and applying for a marriage certificate is below.

Anyone who wishes to get married in Australia can register their intent to marry.

Notice of Intended Marriage must be lodged at least one month, and not more than eighteen months, before the marriage takes place, regardless of where you marry in Australia.

When you lodge the Notice of Intended Marriage, the following documentation will need to be presented to the Marriage Celebrant by each party to the marriage:

  • If born in Australia – Birth Certificate
  • If born overseas – Birth Certificate, Australian Passport or Passport from country of origin
  • If previously married – Marriage certificate and Divorce papers (Decree Absolute), or Death Certificate (if previous spouse is deceased)

If any documentation is in a language other than English, you will be required to provide translated documents to the celebrant.

Documents must be shown to establish the identities of the parties to the marriage. This requirement is separate from, and additional to, the requirements that each party to a marriage must give their authorized celebrant evidence of their date and place of birth.

At least one of the following identity documents must be shown as evidence of your identity:

  • a driver’s licence
  • a proof of age/photo card
  • an Australian or overseas passport, or
  • a Certificate of Australian Citizenship along with another form of photographic evidence (such as a student card or other photo identification not listed above).

Forms and fees for Births, Deaths and Marriages are here.  Click the Fees tab for details for current fees.

By post:          Cheque – payable to Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Office, money order or credit card details

In person:        Cash, eftpos, cheque or credit card.

Postal address: Births, Deaths & Marriages,  Consumer & Business Services, GPO Box 1351, Adelaide SA 5001

In person: Customer Service Centre, 91 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Opening hours: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays)

Email:  registrations.bdm@agd.sa.gov.au

Phone: 131 882

Calls from outside Australia:  +61 8 8204 8532

Refer to the Access policy page to find out who can apply for a marriage certificate.

For all but historical access, applicants are required to produce Proof of Identity at the time of application.

You can apply online for a marriage certificate or you can fill in an application form.

Forms and fees for Births, Deaths and Marriages are here.  Click the Fees tab for details for current fees.

By post:          Cheque – payable to Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Office, money order or credit card details

Online:            Credit card

In person:        Cash, eftpos, cheque or credit card.

Prior to lodging an application you can find estimated certificate processing times below. Please add the number of processing days from the relevant tables below.

If you have already lodged an application you can find an estimate of processing times at Processing times by date of lodgement

Receipting your application

Application type Estimated time
Internet 3 business days
Counter 1 business days
Mail 2 business days
Service SA 12 business days

Printing and issuing your certificates

Type of certificate Estimated time
Birth Certificate 5 business days
Birth Certificate – pre 1944 18 business days
Commemorative Certificate 18 business days
Marriage Certificate – 1984 to date 5 business days
Marriage Certificate – pre 1983 18 business days
Death Certificate – pre 1990 18 business days

Please allow 2 – 3 days for postage.

Registrations

Registration type Estimated time
New Registration (Birth, Death, Marriage) 25 business days
Change of name (application for a new change of name) 30 business days
Correction to the register 25 business days

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* updated 29 July 2016