Get married in a registry office

You can get married in the Marriage Room at the Births, Deaths and Marriages offices in either:

  • Darwin from Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 3.30pm and Fridays 2pm to 3.30pm
  • or Alice Springs from Monday to Friday 8.30am to 3.30pm.

You must bring two witnesses over 18 years old on the day of the ceremony.

How to arrange a registry office ceremony

To arrange a registry office ceremony follow these steps:

Step 1. Complete and submit a notice of intended marriage form with a Births, Deaths and Marriages office. You can get the form:

  • on the marriage forms page of the Australian Government's Attorney-General's Department website
  • from the Births, Deaths or Marriages offices in Darwin or Alice Springs.

Step 2. Organise a time and date for your ceremony with the registry office celebrant.

Step 3. Provide your identity and marital status documents as listed below.

Step 4. Pay the fee to submit a notice of intended marriage form as listed below.

Identity and marital status documents

You must provide all of the following at least one week before the ceremony:

  • original birth certificates
  • current photo identification
  • documents proving any name changes
  • an Australian or overseas passport showing the date and place of birth
  • if you have been divorced or widowed, you must provide an original divorce or death certificate.

Fees for a registry office ceremony 

The total fee for a registry office marriage is $250. 

This is divided into two separate fees:

  • $100 (non-refundable), which must be paid with the notice of intended marriage form
  • $150 balance which must be paid one week before the ceremony.

If you want to cancel your marriage you must give 14 days notice before the ceremony date to be refunded the $150.

Ceremony day

You can have up to 15 guests at your ceremony.

You and your guests should report to the front counter at least 15 minutes before the time you are booked. If any of your guests are running late, let the staff know at the front counter.

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Last updated: 04 March 2016