Order a marriage certificate
Your New Zealand marriage certificate is an official record of your marriage. It costs $33 to get one sent to you.
Use this online service to order a certificate for a marriage that happened in the last 80 years.
If you’re researching family history
You might not need an official marriage certificate.
Instead, you can order a printout. A printout is a copy of the information on the marriage record. It’s not an official document.
Printouts cost $25.
You can order marriage printouts from:
If you need a civil union certificate
You can order a civil union certificate online, by phone, post, or in person.
What it costs
$33 for an official marriage certificate.
Standard certificates are folded.
Deliver to an NZ address
- standard post is free
- courier $5
Deliver to an overseas address
Standard post is free.
Overseas courier costs:
- Australia, Asia, Pacific $15
- USA $20
- Europe, UK $25
- rest of the world $30.
When you’ll get it
Most people get their certificates in 1-2 weeks.
What’s on it
Your certificate shows:
- your full names before your marriage
- your dates and places of birth
- your occupations
- your home address when you got married
- your parents’ full names
- the date and place you were married
- the date of divorce if your marriage has been dissolved in NZ.
What it’s for
You can use your marriage certificate as official evidence of your marriage.
Some places will also accept the “Copy of particulars of marriage” you received when you got married.
If you’ll use your marriage certificate overseas
Other ways to order
Order by post using the paper application form
Post the form to:
Births, Deaths and Marriages
PO Box 10526
Order in person
You can order certificates in person in Auckland, Manukau, Wellington or Christchurch. You’ll need photo ID.
To save time, book an appointment online before you visit a BDM office.
Order by phone
Most people can order a marriage certificate by phone. You can pay by credit or debit card.