Relationship certificates

How to apply for a relationship certificate

Applying at Service Tasmania

When applying at Service Tasmania, you will need to:

Step 1

Check if you are eligible to apply

Step 2

Fill out a certificate application form

Step 3

Take your application form and original identification documents into a Service Tasmania shop (external link)

Step 4

Pay the fee with credit card or cash

Applying by post

You will need to:

Step 1

Fill out a certificate application form

Step 2

Get your identity documents certified (confirmed) as true copies of the original documents by one of the following:

Justice of the Peace (external link)

Commissioner for Declarations (external link)

Barrister or Solicitor

Notary Public (external link)

Australian Embassy Officer or Australian Consulate Officer (external link)

Step 3

Pay the fee by completing credit card details on the application form or include a cheque or money order with your application

Step 4

Send your application to:

Births, Deaths and Marriages Tasmania

30 Gordons Hill Road

Rosny Park   Tas   7018

Who can apply for a relationship certificate

You can apply for your own relationship certificate. Other people who can apply are:

  • a child of the couple
  • an executor of their estate, administrator or trustee – evidence of authority must be provided
  • someone with written authority or power of attorney – evidence of authority must be provided

Anyone can access a relationship record more than 75 years old.

Types of relationship certificates

Standard relationship certificate

Contains information submitted on the original registration application and is printed on official certificate paper.

Decorative relationship certificates

Decorative relationship certificates are printed on A4 size, superior quality paper, which makes them ideal for framing.  The certificates are packaged in a protective cylinder. There are two types of decorative certificates available:

1. Issued after the registration is complete

This certificate uses information submitted on the original registration application and is available in two different designs.  View decorative certificates

2. Ceremony issued certificate

After the Registrar has approved the application, this certificate is sent to a nominated person to be included in a ceremony. The registration date is nominated by the couple prior to the certificate being issued. This date can match the ceremony date, provided the ceremony takes place after the expiry of 28 days from when the application to register a Deed of Relationship was lodged. This is a requirement of the Relationships Act. The following information is completed on the day of the ceremony:

  • Celebrant's Name
  • Place of Ceremony
  • Signature of Celebrant
  • Signatures of Parties
  • Signatures of Witnesses

This certificate is available in two different designs.  View decorative certificates

Revocation of deed of relationship certificate

Once the 90 day period has lapsed after lodging your Application to Revoke a Registered Deed of Relationship, you can apply for a copy of the certificate noting the revocation.

This certificate is printed on official certificate paper.

Other certificates

Section 62 - Certificate of Legal Advice

Please note:
The Section 62 - Certificate of Legal Advice is not required by Births, Deaths and Marriages when registering a Deed of Relationship.  Please contact a solicitor for information about the Section 62.

How long will it take to get my certificate

Standard service – approximately 2 weeks. It can take longer during peak periods.

Priority service (additional fees apply) – If your application has been approved you can obtain a certificate on the same day from the following Service Tasmania shops:

Hobart, Launceston, Burnie, Devonport, Huonville, Scottsdale and Sorell.  Service Tasmania shop locations (external link).

When you apply at other Service Tasmania shops, online or by post the certificate will be sent by registered and/or express post.

If your priority application is received after 4.30pm (AEST) it will be processed the following business day and the certificate sent by mail.

Relationship registered interstate or overseas

See other Australian and overseas registries for what you need to do

If you need more details, contact us.


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Updated: 16th October 2018