1. Find the right form online

If you live in New Zealand or will arrive in Queenstown at least 1 working day prior to your wedding day you can complete your application form online HERE

If you will arrive in New Zealand less than 1 working day prior to your wedding day you will need to complete a different form, find it HERE.

2. Enter your details

Complete your application on screen following the prompts provided.

See “Notice of Intended Marriage New Zealand – Frequently Asked Questions, Answered by a Marriage Celebrant” for extra help.

3. Submit your application

 

If you arrive in New Zealand at least one working day prior to your wedding day it’s super easy – just click to submit online. You can also pre-order your marriage certificate as part of the online application process! There is some paperwork you need to sign in person, but you can do this when you pick up your licence later. 

If you arrive in New Zealand less than one working day prior to your wedding date there are some extra steps you need to take:

  • Print your form and take it to a Commonwealth Representative at your local New Zealand Embassy to complete the statutory declaration. Find a Commonwealth Representative at the closest New Zealand Embassy to you HERE and be sure to take both of your passports with you to your appointment.
  • Now email your Notice with payment (an international bank draft in New Zealand dollars) to the local Registrar of Marriages closest to your wedding location in New Zealand, at least 3 working days prior to your wedding date. In your email, nominate your celebrant (by name) to collect your marriage documents on your behalf. Don’t forget to let your celebrant know.
4. Collect your NZ marriage licence

If you arrive in New Zealand less than one working day prior to your wedding day you will have already completed the statutory declaration at your local New Zealand embassy and nominated your celebrant to collect your licence on your behalf.

If you arrive in New Zealand at least one working day prior to your wedding date you must visit the Registrar of Marriages closest to your wedding location (the same one that you nominated on your form) to collect your marriage licence. At this time the staff will guide you through a statutory declaration. The statutory declaration must be signed by either you or your partner (only one of you needs to go). You may be asked for photo ID so remember to take your drivers licence or passport.

On all documents please check for any incorrect details or spelling errors and notify the Court House/Registry Office staff immediately. Any errors can be amended straight away

I always recommend that couples hand their New Zealand Marriage Licence and paperwork to their wedding celebrant prior to the ceremony. It’s helpful for your celebrant to look over the documents prior to the big day and gives you one less thing to have to remember or worry about.