The Registry's Public Counter and Marriage Services are open to the public. For your safety and the safety of our staff and other customers, we ask that you postpone your visit to the Registry if you are unwell. All visitors are encouraged to observe the Department of Health's physical distancing guidelines and to make use of the additional hand sanitisation stations during your visit.
Visitors are also required to provide contact details for the COVID-19 Contact Tracing Register. Customers can check-in by scanning the unique QR Code using the SafeWA app or by providing your details to the Registry Officer at the Public Counter.
There may be a limit on the number of guests that can attend a marriage ceremony at the Registry to ensure that recommended physical distancing requirements are met.
The Registry creates and preserves records of Western Australian births, deaths, marriages and changes of name in accordance with the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1998. Eligible customers are able to apply for certificates from these records to be used for a range of legal, personal and historical purposes.
New certificate paperShow more
From 2 August 2021 all birth, death, marriage and change of name certificates will be issued on new design security certificate paper. The new paper includes state-of-the-art features to keep these important identity documents secure and help protect Australians from identity crime.
Certificates printed on previous security certificate paper are still valid unless cancelled or void for other reasons.
Getting married at the Perth Registry OfficeShow more
The Perth Registry Office has two wedding rooms which offer magnificent views overlooking the Swan River. Friendly civil ceremonies are conducted Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) commencing at 9.00 am and concluding at 4.00 pm. To book your wedding at the Perth Registry Office contact the Registry’s Marriage Services Team on 1300 305 021.
Grevillea Room (seats 35 guests) and Banksia Room (seats 20 guests)
All couples are required to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage, identification (passport or birth certificate) and, if previously married, a divorce certificate or death certificate of their previous spouse. These documents must be lodged with the Perth Registry Office at least one month before their desired date of marriage.
If you are eligible to post or email the Notice of Intended Marriage form, you will need to arrange for your signatures to be witnessed by a qualified person (as stated on the Notice) and have your supporting documents certified as true copies. Original documents will need to be sighted before your marriage ceremony can take place.
On the day of the ceremony, two witnesses must be present to witness your marriage and sign the marriage documentation. Your witnesses:
- must be 18 years or older
- know either party
- can be family or friends.
Note: The Registry does not supply witnesses for your ceremony.
On occasion where the couple or witnesses do not speak and/or understand English the Registry will provide an interpreter free of charge. This includes Auslan.
As the Registering Authority for all marriages in Western Australia, the Perth Registry Office is the only establishment that can issue the certified marriage certificate immediately after your marriage ceremony. This certificate is used to legally recognise your changed marital status.
Note: The Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages is not affiliated to the Perth Marriage Office which is operated by a private authorised marriage celebrant.
Recognition certificates for early pregnancy lossShow more
A recognition certificate for early pregnancy loss is available to commemorate the loss of a child which occurred before 20 weeks gestation, or if gestation weeks are unknown, the baby weighed less than 400 grams.
Recognition certificates are only available to the parent/s of the child. If only one parent signs the application the other parent's name will not appear on the recognition certificate.
The certificate will be issued free of charge however there is a limit of three certificates per child. A recognition certificate cannot be used for official purposes.
Gender reassignmentShow more
A person who has undergone gender reassignment and wishes to have their new gender legally recognised can apply to the Gender Reassignment Board for a recognition certificate.
Once this application is successful, a person, who was born in Western Australia, can apply to amend their birth certificate to show their new gender, one month after they have been issued with a recognition certificate.
If you were born in another State or Territory that has similar legislation, please apply to the relevant Registry Office for your birth certificate.
Single status certificatesShow more
Overseas marriage authorities often require evidence that parties to the prospective marriage are free to marry. Such evidence may be a Result of Marriage Search Certificate from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. This certifies that you have never been married in Western Australia, or if previously married, no further marriage has been registered. Only the person who is a party to the prospective marriage can apply and applications can only be submitted to the Registry Office in Perth.
For further information on getting married overseas visit the Smartraveller website.
If you were legally adopted in Western Australia, you can apply for a copy of your post-adoption birth certificate from the Registry using the Birth Certificate application.
If you are a party to an adoption or a relative of an adopted person and would like to know how to access other information relating to the adoption please contact the Department for Child protection - Post Adoption Services.