Official Marriage Ceremony
The following is the requirements according to the SA Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
1- To be legally married in South Australia, you must not:
- be married to someone else.
- be marrying a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister.
- At least one person must be 18 years old. If one party is aged 16 to 17, you must have a court order authorising the marriage and written parental consent or the ‘effective consent’ of a magistrate or judge and written parental consent.
2- Notice of intended marriage
You need to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) at least one calendar month before your wedding date.
The notice of intended marriage needs to be signed by both people getting married.
If you are signing the notice of intended marriage in Australia, you must sign in front of one of the persons listed below:
- authorised marriage celebrant
- commissioner for declarations under the Statutory Declarations Act 1959
- justice of the peace
- barrister or solicitor
- legally qualified medical doctor
- police officer –-state or federal.
If you are signing the notice of intended marriage outside of Australia, you must sign in front of one of the persons listed below:
- Australian Diplomatic Officer
- Australian Consular Officer
- Commonwealth employee authorised under paragraph 3(c) of the Consular Fees Act 1955
- Australian Trade Commission employee authorised under paragraph 3(d) of the Consular Fees Act 1955
- notary public.
Evidence of date and place of birth
- Both persons must provide their original birth certificate or passport. Photocopies are not accepted. Your passport must show your place of birth.
- If these documents are in another language, they must be translated into English by an authorised interpreter/translator service.
- If you are providing your original birth certificate, you must also provide current photographic identification, eg drivers licence, proof of age card.
- Previous marriages
- If you have been previously married, you must provide your original marriage certificate and original divorce certificate (decree absolute) or original death certificate (if previous partner is deceased). Photocopies are not accepted. If these documents are in another language, they must be translated into English by an authorised interpreter/translator service.