In New Zealand you are required by Law to have a Marriage Licence.

You can download a Marriage Licence Form. Click on  www.bdm.govt.nz

You can now apply for a marriage licence on-line

Make sure you fill in all the details correctly, including the full name of the marriage celebrant.

Choose an alternative venue as a second option, (one venue is enough if your ceremony is to be held indoors).


The cost is $150.00 and is payable when you apply for the licence.

Apply for a marriage licence at least 3 days prior to your wedding date.

If applying for a Marriage Licence on line you can have it emailed to your Celebrant, who will print it out for you.

NOTE: This process is different for international couples or N.Z. couples returning home to marry. Registrar of marriages are located in all cities and most towns throughout New Zealand.


The cost of a Marriage Certificate is $33.00 this is optional. You can also apply for this at the same time as you apply for your licence. This will be sent to you once your Marriage has be registered. (Approx 10 days)


As a part of completing the application either the bride or groom or both must complete a Statutory Declaration

1. That there is no lawful reason that you both cannot be married.

2. That all details you have provided are true and correct

3.  That the bride and groom have consent (where relevant)

If either of you, have been married or in a civil union previously, you may need to produce evidence of dissolution.

If your previous spouse has died you do not have to produce evidence of their death.

However, you will have to give the date of the death on the notice of intended marriage form.


The licence and two copies of the copy of particulars of marriage can be collected 3 days after submitting the notice with The registrar of marriages. Or you can have the licence emailed to you or the Celebrant.

A New Zealand licence is valid for 3 months from the date of collection.

As a celebrant I strongly suggest that the application is completed in plenty of time, and given to the celebrant to hold onto who will bring it on the big day to sign.  Wedding days can be hectic and it has been known for the bridal party to arrive with no Licence.

Definitely not what you want on your big day.

No Licence No Wedding!!