Marriage Celebrant Registration - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this registration if you intend to offer a service as a civil marriage celebrant. Civil celebrants are appointed by the Commonwealth.

Separate approval to operate as a religious marriage celebrant is done via the State and Territory Registrars of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

You may apply to the Registrar of Marriage Celebrants for an exemption from paying the registration application fee if you live in a remote area where there is no more than one marriage celebrant.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to register as a marriage celebrant, you must:

  • have completed an Australian standard approved, competency-based training course such as a Certificate IV in Celebrancy or equivalent
  • be 18 years of age or over.

You must also be considered fit and proper for the position, meaning that you:

  • have sufficient knowledge of the law relating to the solemnisation of marriages
  • have a good standing in the community
  • are committed to advising couples of the availability of relationship support services
  • have no conflict between the duties of a marriage celebrant and any other of your business interests or job.

If granted registration as a marriage celebrant, you will be required to state which type of ceremony you plan to offer when listed on the Register of Marriage Celebrants.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.





Annual registration charge

Miscellaneous$30.00Exemption applications

Administering agency

Attorney-General's Department
Marriage Law and Celebrant Section

Act(s) name

Marriage Act 1961 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Marriage Regulations 1963 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Enquiries Officer
Attorney-General's Department
Marriage Law and Celebrant Section

Operating address:
Robert Garran Offices
3-5 National Circuit
Australian Capital Territory 2600


02 6141 3111


1800 550 343


02 6141 3246

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