Getting Married Overseas

Planning to elope?

The Smartraveller website has detailed information about getting married overseas.If you intend to marry overseas, please note that marriage celebrants authorised in Australia can only perform legal marriages within Australia. An overseas marriage cannot be registered in Australia, and the foreign marriage certificate will be evidence the marriage has occurred.

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Beautiful Bay – Getting married overseas

Beach – CC benmiller23 on flickr

An overseas marriage will generally be recognised in Australia if it:

  • was a valid marriage in the overseas country
  • would have been recognised as valid under Australian law if the marriage had taken place in Australia.

To apply for a formal change of name in Australia, visit the Australian Passport Office website.