Married Overseas

Married Overseas


Married Overseas

Marriage certificates issued by foreign government departments are not accepted as evidence of your new name by Australian most organisations. If you were married overseas you'll need a Change of Name certificate, or a marriage certificate issued in Australia.

If you lodge your name change application in the same state as your birth, you are issued with an amended birth certificate showing your name at birth and your new name. If you live in a different state from your birth you'll receive a legal name change certificate. Lodge in either your birth state or state of residence (exc. Qld and NSW residents - you must lodge in your birth state). For more information, including costs and turnaround times, read our section on legal name change.

Your other option is to get married in Australia so you will be issued with an Australian Marriage Certificate.  You can do this either before or after your overseas wedding. Just make sure any flights are purchased under the name that currently appears in your passport. If you want to get married at the Registry office, please contact the registry directly for more information.

Marriage certificates issued by foreign government departments are not accepted as evidence of your new name by Australian most organisations.

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