Marriages occurring in WA since 1841 are registered in the Western Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
The Marriage Act 1961 requires the authorised celebrant, within 14 days of the date of marriage, to forward the marriage papers to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages for registration.
There is no provision to register an overseas marriage in Australia.
An overseas marriage would be generally recognised as a legal marriage if it is similar in nature to a marriage conducted in Australia. For example, if the bride and groom were both over the age of 18 years, not married to another person and not in a prohibited relationship (ie, closely related).
For further information visit the Smartraveller webpage on overseas marriages.
The overseas country's registry authorities will register the marriage and can provide you with a marriage certificate as proof of the marriage.
The marriage certificate may require an official translation if not in English.
Visit the change of name section for information on changing a name after marriage.
Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages
Department of the Attorney General
Level 10, 141 St Georges Terrace
PERTH WA 6000
Phone: 1300 305 021
Fax: (08) 9264 1599
PO Box 7720
Perth WA 6850
Hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).
Last updated: 13-Feb-2017
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