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Marriage stationery and forms

This is the official site of the Australian Government Marriage Celebrants Programme. Anything you read elsewhere that is inconsistent with this site is not accurate.

This page has information on the following:

Marriage forms

The forms on this page are for official use under the Marriage Act 1961 and Marriage Regulations 1963. Do not modify these forms as this may result in void documents. 

All forms can be downloaded from this site, with the exception of the Form 15 Certificate of Marriage, which can only be purchased by an authorised celebrant through CanPrint Communications. CanPrint is contracted by the Australian Government to supply the Form 15 and other marriage stationery—including marriage registers, official forms and certificates. Your marriage celebrant registration number must be quoted when purchasing marriage stationery.

Visit the CanPrint Communications website for information, order forms and contact details. You can email CanPrint Communications at marriage@infoservices.com.au.

Marriage celebrants may generate or purchase the approved marriage forms from other sources, but must ensure that such forms comply with the forms approved under the Marriage Act. If such forms do not comply, the registries of births, deaths and marriages have the authority under the Marriage Act 1961 to reject them.

Marriage forms consultation

The department is reviewing the approved forms made under the Marriage Act 1961 and Marriage Regulations 1963. The purpose of the review is to:

  • gather feedback on the use and effectiveness of all the forms approved under the Marriage Act
  • identify opportunities to improve the useability of the forms for celebrants and other stakeholders
  • identify forms which are no longer required.

The survey on forms relating to solemnisation of marriage closed on 7 April 2015. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to provide a response. Your feedback will assist us to improve and streamline the forms used by the marriage sector. A summary of feedback received through the survey is available below:

We will continue consulting marriage celebrants, registering authorities and other interested parties on experiences using the current forms, including possible improvements and the impact of any changes to the forms.

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Forms for download

Solemnisation of marriage

Form name Form name prior to
1 July 2014
For use by
Notice of intended marriage [PDF 124KB]

Notice of intended marriage [DOC 121KB]
Form 13 Marrying couples and authorised marriage celebrants
Declaration of no legal impediment to marriage [PDF 43KB]

Declaration of no legal impediment to marriage [DOC 68KB]
Form 14 Marrying couples and authorised marriage celebrants

Please note under section 50(3) of the Marriage Act 1961, this form shall be printed on the reverse of one of the official certificates of marriage.
Document outlining the obligations and consequences of marriage and stating the availability of marriage education and counselling [PDF 164KB]

Document outlining the obligations and consequences of marriage and stating the availability of marriage education and counselling  [DOC 754KB]
Form 14A
(Also known as the 'Happily Ever After' brochure)

To be given to couples who have lodged a notice of intended marriage form with an authorised marriage celebrant.

Translated versions of the Document outlining the obligations and consequences of marriage and stating the availability of marriage education and counselling are availible below

Official certificate of marriage [PDF 42KB]

Official certificate of marriage [DOC 66KB]
Form 16 Authorised marriage celebrants

Please note under section 50(3) of the Marriage Act 1961, one of the official certificates of marriage shall be on the reverse side of the paper bearing the declaration of no legal impediment to marriage.
Combined Declaration of no legal impediment to marriage and Official certificate of marriage [PDF 38KB]

Combined Declaration of no legal impediment to marriage and Official certificate of marriage [DOC 85KB]
These are the combined Declaration of no legal impediment and Official certificate of marriage as contained in the CanPrint ‘green book’ Authorised marriage celebrants
Return under section 80 [PDF 79KB]

Return under section 80 [DOC 35KB]
Form 19 Defence Force chaplains
Certificate concerning marriage solemnised in overseas country [PDF 88KB]

Certificate concerning marriage solemnised in overseas country [DOC 38KB]
Form 20 Defence Force chaplains
Certificate of faithful performance by interpreter [PDF 45KB]

Certificate of faithful performance by interpreter [DOC 62KB]
Form 24 Interpreter for a marriage ceremony

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Marriage of a minor (aged 16 or 17)

Form name Form name prior to
1 July 2014
For use by
Application to dispense with a consent to the proposed marriage of a minor [PDF 82KB]

Application to dispense with a consent to the proposed marriage of a minor [DOC 26KB]
Form 1 Applicant—minor
Dispensation with consent to marriage of minor [PDF 85KB]

Dispensation with consent to marriage of minor [DOC 27KB]
Form 2 Prescribed authorities
Notice of refusal to dispense with consent to marriage of minor [PDF 82KB]

Notice of refusal to dispense with consent to marriage of minor [DOC 25KB]
Form 3 Prescribed authorities
Notice of application to judge or magistrate for consent to marry [PDF 107KB]

Notice of application to judge or magistrate for consent to marry  [DOC 27KB]
Form 4 Applicant—minor
Consent of judge or magistrate on application under subsection 16 (1) [PDF 85KB]

Consent of judge or magistrate on application under subsection 16 (1) [DOC 26KB]
Form 5A Judge or magistrate
Consent of judge or magistrate on application under subsection 16 (5) [PDF 86KB]

Consent of judge or magistrate on application under subsection 16 (5) [DOC 26KB]
Form 5B Judge or magistrate
Request under section 17 [PDF 84KB]

Request under section 17 [DOC 25KB]
Form 6 Applicant—minor or a person on behalf of minor
Notice of application for order authorising marriage under marriageable age [PDF 87KB]

Notice of application for order authorising marriage under marriageable age [DOC 28KB]
Form 7 Applicant—minor
Notice of time, date and place for the holding of an inquiry [PDF 82KB]

Notice of time, date and place for the holding of an inquiry [DOC 26KB]
Form 8 Officer or clerk of the court
Summons —under regulation 23 of the Marriage Regulations 1963 [PDF 83KB]

Summons —under regulation 23 of the Marriage Regulations 1963 [DOC 27KB]
Form 9 Courts

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Registration and removal of Ministers of Religion

Form name Form name prior to
1 July 2014
For use by
Nomination for registration of Minister of Religion [PDF 79KB]

Nomination for registration of Minister of Religion [DOC 25KB]
Form 10 Nominating authorities
Application for registration of Minister of Religion [PDF 80KB]

Application for registration of Minister of Religion [DOC 26KB]
Form 11 Minister of religion for a recognised denomination
Nomination and Application for Registration of Minister of Religion [PDF 55KB]

Nomination and Application for Registration of Minister of Religion [DOC 92KB]
These are the combined forms as approved by the Attorney-General, with an accompanying Commonwealth statutory declaration form Minister of religion for a recognised denomination

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Registration and removal of marriage celebrants

Form name Form name prior to
1 July 2014
For use by
Notice of intention to remove name of person from the register [PDF 84KB]

Notice of intention to remove name of person from the register [DOC 26KB]
Form 12 Registries of Births, Deaths and Marriage
Application for registration as a marriage celebrant [PDF 169KB]

Application for registration as a marriage celebrant [DOC 96KB]
Form 12A For applicants wishing to apply to become a Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrant.

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Legitimation of children

Form name Form name prior to
1 July 2014
For use by
Information with respect to legitimation [PDF 92KB]

Information with respect to legitimation [DOC 30KB]
Form 21 Parent(s) of a legitimated child.
Application to register the legitimation of a child in the register of legitimations [PDF 109KB]

Application to register the legitimation of a child in the register of legitimations [DOC 33KB]
Form 22 Parent(s) of a legitimated child.
Certificate in respect of registration in the register of foreign legitimations [PDF 79KB]

Certificate in respect of registration in the register of foreign legitimations [DOC 28KB]
Form 23 Registrar of Foreign Legitimations only

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Translated versions of the Document outlining the obligations and consequences of marriage and stating the availability of marriage education and counselling