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.
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 is not an official document.
Printouts cost $25.
You can order marriage printouts from:
If you need a civil union certificate
You have to order by post, at an office, or over the phone.
What it costs
$33 for an official marriage certificate.
Standard certificates are folded.
Deliver to a NZ address
- standard post is free
- courier $5
Deliver to an overseas address
- standard post is free.
You can get your certificate couriered to an overseas address if you order in person, on the phone or using the paper form.
Overseas courier costs:
- Australia, Asia, Pacific $15
- USA $20
- Europe, UK $25
- rest of the world $30.
When you'll get it
Some older certificates take up to 8 days to process. So even if you pay for an overnight courier it may take over a week to arrive.
What's on it
Your 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.
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