who you are - Notice of Intended Marriage
21 May 2019 |
Before you can be married in Australia, you have to
provide evidence of when and where you were born,
and photo ID as proof of your identity.
These must be actual official documents (photocopies are
A birth certificate (which can be either a full
certificate or an abstract) is acceptable evidence of
date and place of birth.
A driver licence or a proof of age card (called 18+ in
some states) is acceptable evidence of your identity.
A passport (either Australian or from another country)
is acceptable evidence of both when and where you were
born and of your identity.
However, some conditions apply to use of these documents
What if you don’t have, or can’t get one of the
- A cancelled passport is never acceptable.
- An expired passport is acceptable evidence of when
and where you were born
- An Australian passport that has not been expired
for over ten years, or reported lost/stolen) can be
used as evidence of your identity as long as the
initial date of issue was after 1 July 2000
- If your overseas passport does not show the place
of your birth, then it can’t be used as evidence of
- If you were born overseas, and don’t have a birth
certificate or a passport, you can provide a
Statutory Declaration as to date and place of birth,
but only if there is no way to get a copy of your
REALLY IMPORTANT: “Can’t” doesn’t mean “Can’t be
bothered”. It has to be absolutely impossible for
you to get a birth certificate because your birth
was never registered or because the official records
were destroyed, for example in a war or natural
- If you were born overseas and don’t have one of
the above photo IDs, you can provide your
Certificate of Australian Citizenship along with
another form of photographic evidence (such as a
student card or other photo identification not
listed above). NB you must show your photo ID to
your celebrant in person.
Read Proving who
you are (Part 2)
You can download the Notice of Intended Marriage form here