Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I apply for a certificate over the phone?
- Can I apply for an issue search (to identify any child/ren born to an individual)?
- I haven't received the certificate I ordered - what should I do?
- What documents do I need to apply for a passport?
- What documents do I need to when applying for a driver licence?
- We want to get married in Tasmania - what do we need to know?
- We want to get married overseas - what do we need to do?
- If we get married overseas will it be recognised here?
- What is an Apostille stamp and where can I get one?
- Where can I get a copy of my divorce certificate (decree absolute)?
- What can I do if only one parent will consent to a change of name?
- Can I revert to the use of my maiden name?
- Where can I get a copy of a Will?
Issue searches (where an applicant is trying to identify any child/ren born to an individual) are not accepted, as not all records held by Births, Deaths and Marriages are electronic.
I haven't received the certificate I ordered - what should I do?
If you have been waiting longer than 2 weeks, you will need to check with your local Post Office to investigate whether there has been a problem with delivery.
If they have no relevant information, please contact Births, Deaths and Marriages to check when the certificate was sent and the mailing address.
An application for an Australian passport must be made through the Passports Office (external link) or Post Office.
Contact Service Tasmania (external link)
You will need to select either a religious or civil celebrant to conduct the ceremony. You will find a list of Authorised Celebrants on the Attorney General's website (external link).
You will need to lodge a "Notice of Intended Marriage" form with the proposed celebrant at least one calendar month before the date of the ceremony.
You will also need to provide evidence of date and place of birth, proof of identity and evidence of the termination of any previous marriages (a decree absolute, if divorced, or a full death certificate if widowed).
Contact the consul or embassy of the country in which you want to get married and ask their advice.
In most cases, overseas marriages will be recognised, but there are exceptions. Please contact the Attorney General's Department, Canberra (external link) for advice.
Contact the Court Registry (external link) where your divorce was finalised.
Yes, a married woman is entitled to revert to her maiden name at any time. If seeking official recognition it may be necessary to register a change of name.
Births, Deaths and Marriages registers and maintains Tasmanian birth, death, marriage, relationship and change of name records. It also issues certificates and provides information to approved applicants.