New forms to apply for wedding licences

The New Zealand Department of Births, Deaths and Marriages has released a new notice of intended marriage form for all couples to complete for weddings after the 19th August 2013.

From the 16 August couples will need to fill out the new form. The new form enables couples to chose from the terms ‘bride’, ‘bridegroom’ and ‘partner’.

The new terminology has been amended to align with recent statutory changes to marriage laws in New Zealand to allow same-sex couples to marry. The Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act enables couples to marry regardless of their gender or sexual orientation. The new statutory definition of marriage in the Marriage Act defines marriage as “the union of two people, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.”

To apply for a marriage licence you need to complete the notice of intended marriage and one of the couple will need to bring the completed form to a Registry Office in person, where they will also need to make a statutory declaration in front of a Registrar of Marriages and pay the fee to be issued a marriage licence.

The current fee for a New Zealand marriage licence is $122.60 if using an approved marriage celebrant, or $173.70 if having a Registry Office ceremony. Issuing the licence takes 3 working days from the date of application.

Once a marriage licence is issued it is valid for three months so you need to apply for the licence within three months of your planned wedding date.