Changing your name through marriage
Many people choose to use their spouse’s surname once they’re married. However, changing your name through marriage is not compulsory. It’s a custom and not the law.
Commemorative marriage certificates
Commemorative marriage packages include a standard marriage certificate.
Applying for a marriage certificate
You can apply for a Queensland marriage certificate if you or the person you are applying for was married and registered in the state. If you were married outside Queensland, contact the registering authority interstate or overseas.
Your marriage certificate is a recognised identity document and proof of change of name. You can use your certificate when you apply to government agencies and banks.
Marriage certificates issued by your wedding celebrant or minister of religion are not official. You cannot use them to prove your relationship.
How to apply
To apply for a marriage certificate, you need to:
- Fill in all sections of the marriage certificate application form (PDF, 138.8 KB).
- Include proof of eligibility.
- Attach your identity documents.
- Pay the application fee.
- Pay the urgent fee (if required).
- Pay the return postage fee (if required).
Get it right
Your application will take longer if your documents and payments are not correct.
- choose between a standard or commemorative certificate
- calculate the return postage
- total all fees in 1 payment
- check your credit card details and expiry date
- certify identity documents
- include eligibility documents
- allow extra time for Australia Post.
Post your application to:
Births, Deaths and Marriages PO Box 15188 CITY EAST QLD 4002
Certificates take 10 business days—or 2 business days for urgent applications.