You can apply for your marriage licence online (regardless of whether you are based in NZ or overseas).

I highly recommend you apply online (see below).

You can apply up to 3 months before the date of your ceremony.  A marriage licence costs NZ$150.

For a step by step guide (provided by the NZ Government) to getting married or entering a civil union click here.

RECOMMENDED – APPLY ONLINE – VALID FOR BOTH COUPLES LIVING IN NZ AND THOSE LIVING OVERSEAS: if you apply online you DO NOT need to go into the Courthouse to sign a declaration – once completed online the process is finished and they will send your licence to you by email or courier.  SEE NOTES BELOW.


PAPER VERSION FOR NZERS: You can pick up an application from your local courthouse, or download the form, fill it in online, print it off and take it into your local courthouse. Note if you complete the form manually you will need to sign the declaration in front of the Registrar at the Courthouse when you drop it off and then go back and pick it up 3 working days later (which isn’t applicable if you do online).


PAPER VERSION FOR THOSE OVERSEAS:Download the form, fill it in online, print it off and it will need to signed in front of a Commonwealth representative before you post it to the Registry Office closest to where you are getting married, along with an international bank draft. You then pick up your licence on arrival in NZ (none of which is applicable if you do it online).


Only one of you needs to complete the application, but you need information about both of you and your parents – all the info required will be shown in the first stage of the online process – make sure you have it all to hand before you start.

If you’re from outside NZ you can still do an online application.

When entering the name of your celebrant from Drop-down box choose: Fiona Wills, Independent, Cambrians

If you are divorced you do need to enter what date was the dissolution (divorce) order sealed.  If you were divorced in NZ and don’t know the date, call the Ministry of Justice on 0800 268 787

When it asks who will get the licence (Yourself or Celebrant)?  Choose ‘Me’ (Yourself) option so that you receive it.

You will have the option to receive it by email or courier.  If you receive by email please forward to me as your celebrant.  If you have a hard copy bring it with you to the rehearsal.