Marriage license

Obtaining a Marriage License
‘This is my husband – this is my wife’

Who can get married in New Zealand?

Anyone can marry in New Zealand as long as they’re not:

  already married or in a Civil Union (unless you’re changing your status with the same person) I.e. from Civil Union to Marriage

  under 16 in which case you need your parents’ consent

  closely related by birth, marriage or adoption.

Obtaining a Marriage License

Go to -

The Department of Internal Affairs: Births Deaths & Marriages official site
This is an extremely user friendly and informative site giving you all the information you require to obtain
on-line what is commonly referred to as a ‘Marriage License’.

It’s super easy. Follow the prompts completing the information required, then pay for and request to which office your ‘Marriage License’ be sent for collection; all from the above site.

I’ve got my Marriage license what now?

I will request that you bring your Marriage license along to the rehearsal so I have it in my possession and in readiness for your ceremony. After the wedding when your Marriage license has been signed by yourselves, your 2 witnesses and me, all you have to do is keep your copy in a safe place, remembering it is a legal document and I take care of the rest.

Changing your name

If you want to change your last name after you're married, you don’t have to do anything special — but some places like banks or government agencies might ask to see a copy of the signed ‘Marriage license’.

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I’ve got my Marriage license what now?