The Notice Of Intended Marriage FormIt is a requirement of the Marriage Act in Australia that a completed Notice Of Intended Marriage Form, duly signed and witnessed, is lodged with the Celebrant of your choice no later than ONE clear calendar month prior to the wedding date. eg. If the ceremony is to be held on the 4th day of the month, the NIM form must be lodged with the Celebrant by the 3rd day of the previous month.
The NIM form is valid for 18 months once it has been received by the Celebrant. When completing the NIM form, please take the time to read it carefully before filling it out and please print neatly preferably with a black pen ensuring that all details match with the information on your Birth Certificates. Please answer all questions accurately. Please avoid using WhiteOut on your NIM form. Remember, an NIM form cannot be accepted by the Celebrant if it contains false statements, errors or is defective. If you require another NIM form, contact your Celebrant or download one from this website.
Page 4 of the NIM form clearly states in either paragraph (a) or (b) the qualified persons required to witness your signature either here in Australia or if lodging an NIM form from overseas. Please read carefully, there are no exceptions to this requirement.
I have included below, a link for the Notice Of Intended Marriage form which can be either printed directly from the link or saved to an appropriate directory on your computer for later use.
Download the NIM formClick HERE to open the NIM form with Acrobat Reader if you have it installed. The NIM form can be filled in "On Line" and then printed out for signing and witnessing and then forwarding to your Celebrant.
You can Download Acrobat Reader from HERE if you do not have it.
Other Documents RequiredYour celebrant must also sight original copies of your birth certificates and, (if applicable) death certificate or any documents of divorce. These documents must be sighted before the ceremony is officiated. If any documents are in a language other than english, then a certified translated copy must be provided for the Celebrant. If born in Australia, an Australian birth certificate MUST be produced without exception. Photo ID documents, (Passport or Drivers Licence) are also required to prove your identity.
An international Passport can be accepted by the Celebrant only as an alternative if a person was born overseas. It is requested that photocopies of these documents are forwarded to the Celebrant with the completed and signed NIM form to assist with the accurate preparation of all documents required for the ceremony.
Apostille and Authentication Stamps For Marriage CertificatesWhere someone has married here in Australia and wants to return overseas, their Government sometimes needs proof that their marriage certificate, signatures, stamp and seal are genuine before they will accept them as evidence of Marriage.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will check against a specimen on file and stamp the document with an Apostille (if the country is party to the 1969 Hague Convention eg. Greece, Italy, The Netherlands and many others), or otherwise an authentication, (eg. China, the Middle East). The Consulate or Embassy concerned would need to be consulted as to which one is required (Apostille or Authentication). The current cost for an Apostille Stamp for a single page is $60.00 and an Authentication is $20.00.
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