Get a marriage certificate
Your New Zealand marriage or civil union certificate is an official record of your marriage. It costs $33 to get one sent to you.
Your marriage certificate shows:
- your full names
- 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.
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.
How to apply
- $33 for an official marriage certificate
- $25 for a printout of your marriage certificate — this is a copy of the information from the registration and contains all the information on the record. Printouts are usually used for genealogy and aren't official documents.
If you’re ordering someone else’s marriage certificate
You can generally order a marriage certificate for anyone who was married in New Zealand. You need to know:
- the couple's full names
- the date they were married.
If you don’t know the date of marriage, you can ask Births, Deaths and Marriages to search a range of dates for you — there’s a fee for this.
If the marriage occurred more than 80 years ago, you can search for it yourself using BDM Online.
If you’ll use your marriage certificate overseas
Order by phone
Most people can order their marriage certificate by phone:
- 0800 225 252 within NZ
- +64 4 463 9362 from overseas.
You can pay over the phone by credit or debit card.
Order online if you have a RealMe verified identity
If you have a RealMe verified identity (you’ve been to a PostShop and had your photo taken), you can order marriage certificates online.
Order by post
You’ll need a referee to sign the form — they must be over 16, and have known you for at least 6 months or seen your official ID.
Post the form to:
Births, Deaths and Marriages
PO Box 10526
When you find out
You’ll get your certificate in the post or your printout by email after about 8 working days.