Christine Grant

How to Apply for your Marriage Licence

Go directly to marriages.services.govt.nz / Apply for a marriage licence. This is an extremely user-friendly and informative online service giving you all the information you require to obtain what is referred to as a Marriage Licence. At the same time it is advisable to apply and pay for a Marriage Certificate - as if there is a change of surname many organisations will NOT accept the BDM45A Copy of Particulars of Marriage – signed on the wedding day.

Therefore apply for your marriage licence and marriage certificate – online, at the same time.

Important ….. You’ll need to complete this form in one go — you cannot save it and return later, so you need these details before you start:

  • full address of the ceremony location
  • the name of the celebrant you have arranged
  • personal details of you and your partner:
    • all first, middle, and last name(s) currently
    • all first, middle, and last name(s) at birth, if different
    • place, and date, of birth
    • occupation
    • if previously in a marriage or civil union, the date the dissolution (divorce) order was sealed, or date of death
  • full names of your parents and your partner’s parents:
    • all first, middle, and last name(s)
    • all last name(s) at their birth, if different
  • a credit card or debit card to pay the fee online

Anyone can marry in New Zealand so long as they are legally free to do so. When applying for your licence you are given two options for your wedding ceremony venue; this is in the case of wet weather - so if you are intending to have your ceremony outside, please have a second venue noted on your licence in case of inclement weather. If for any reason you have to change your wedding ceremony venue, after your Marriage Licence has been issued then you must advise the Registry Office and a new licence will be issued.

At the conclusion of the ceremony you will be given the signed copy of the …. Copy of Particulars of Marriage (BDM45A) - your Marriage Licence. The other copy is returned to the issuing Registrar by your Marriage Celebrant.

Any queries - you can contact  Births/Deaths/Marriages by going to www.bdm.govt.nz
or by phone …….
New Zealand Freephone 0800 22 52 52
Outside New Zealand (+64 4) 463 9362

Opening Hours -
Monday to Thursday 8.00am – 7.00pm
Friday       9.00am – 7.00pm
Saturday     9.00am – 2.00pm

A person is legally entitled to use their surname at birth, any married surname, or a combination of these at any time of their life, unless they have already formally renounced these names by taking out a statutory declaration (or 'deed poll') name change.