Apply for a Marriage License

Apply for a Marriage License

In order to get married legally in New Zealand you need to apply for a Marriage License (Notice of Intended Marriage) from a Registrar of Marriages.

To make this process easier the information below details everything you need to know and do to apply for a marriage license. However if you have further questions please get in touch with me.

1. How To Apply for a Marriage License

Where do you get a marriage license application? Click here to open the Notice of Intended Marriage form (BDM60) – the bride or groom must complete the form.

2. Marriage License Cost

The cost is $122.60 and is payable when you apply for a Marriage License.  The full name of the Wedding Celebrant must be included on the marriage license application form.

3. Apply for a Marriage License at Least 3 Days Prior

The Notice of Intended Marriage form needs to be personally delivered to the Registrar of Marriages at least 3 days prior to your wedding day.

Note: This process is different for international couples or New Zealand couples returning home to marry. Registrar of Marriages are located in all cities and most towns throughout New Zealand.

4. Statutory Declaration

As part of completing the application either the bride or groom or both must complete a statutory declaration (part of the form) stating:

  1. That there is no lawful impediment to the marriage (i.e. no legal reason that you both cannot be married).
  2. That the details provided by the couple are true.
  3. That the bride and groom are not within the “prohibited degrees of relationship” and that consent has been given (where relevant.)

The statutory declaration has to be made in person and in the presence of the Registrar of Marriages.

If either of you has been married or in a civil union previously, then you may be asked to produce evidence of the dissolution (e.g. Divorce/Dissolution Order) when you give notice to the Registrar. If your previous spouse or partner has died you do not have to produce evidence of their death. However you will have to give the date of death on the Notice of Intended Marriage form.

5. Collect the Marriage License

The license and two copies of the Copy of Particulars of Marriage can be collected 3 days after submitting the notice with the Registrar of Marriages. A New Zealand Marriage License is valid for 3 months from collection date. Note: the time frames stated here are the minimum needed for processing.

Auckland Celebrant strongly suggests that the application is completed and the marriage license is collected and brought to the wedding rehearsal for the Celebrant to keep hold of. The Celebrant will bring the wedding license for the couple to sign on the day of the wedding.  Let’s face it – on your wedding day you have more than enough to think of and this process makes it that much easier for you!

6. Signed Marriage License

At the conclusion of your wedding ceremony your Celebrant will present you with a signed copy of the “Copy of Particulars of Marriage”. The other copy will be returned to Births, Deaths and Marriages – Registrar of Marriages.

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