A marriage certificate sometimes: In most jurisdictions, a marriage certificate is issued by a government official only after the civil registration of the marriage. In some jurisdictions, especially in the United States, a marriage certificate is the official record that two people have undertaken a marriage ceremony. This includes jurisdictions where marriage licenses do not exist. In other jurisdictions, a marriage license serves a dual purpose of granting permission for a marriage to take place and then endorsing the same document to record the fact that the marriage has been performed.
A marriage certificate may be required for a number of reasons. It may be required as evidence of change of a party's name, on issues of legitimacy of a child, during divorce proceedings, or as part of a genealogical history, besides other purposes. Though marriage in Australia is regulated under federal lawthe registration of marriages Seal green booklet relationships dating place under the respective state or territory laws, generally through an agency named "Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages"  or similar, and marriage certificates are issued by these agencies.
Under Federal law, a certificate is issued at the time of marriage by a celebrant, for forwarding to the state or territory registry. A similar Sometimes cut-down document is often given to the couple on the day of the marriage, it is generally handwritten.
While legally valid as proof of marriage, is not generally acceptable as an official document. However, the state or territory marriage certificate is considered to be an acceptable and secure secondary identity document especially for the purposes of change of name, and needs to be obtained separately for a fee generally some time after the marriage. This document can be verified electronically by the Attorney-general of Australia 's Document Verification Service.
State and territory issued certificates are on A4 paper and provide: Most laws recognise de-facto relationships and the marriage is not generally of use in Australia, other than to prove change-of-name, and proof of marital status in a divorce hearing.
Some visa categories require a certificate where a partner is to be associated with a primary applicant however there are similar categories of partner visas that do not.
InAustralian federal law recognised same-sex marriages. Prior to this, some states and territories allowed for and some continue to allow the recognition of relationships or civil unions generally same sex or sex independent to be registered,  however these are not regarded as marriages, as the Marriage Act of does not currently recognise them.
Proof of divorce certificates are issued by the Family Court of Australia or the Family Court of Western Australia for residents of that state. On 1 July civil registration was introduced in "Seal green booklet relationships dating" and Wales, providing a central record of all births, deaths Seal green booklet relationships dating marriages.
A Registrar General was appointed with overall responsibility and the country was divided into registration districts, each controlled by a superintendent registrar. Under this system, all marriage ceremonies have been certified by the issuing of a marriage certificate whose details are also stored centrally. From that date, marriage ceremonies could be performed, and certificates issued either by a clergyman of the Church of Englandin a parish church, or by a civil registrar in a civil register office.
Marriages performed according to the ceremonies of Quakers and Jews also continued to be recognised as legal marriages, and certificates were issued. The marriage certificate itself is given to the couple who have married. Copies are made in two registers: Every quarter, the minister or civil registrar prepares a further copy of all the marriage entries and sends them to the Registrar General.
The certificate lists the date of the marriage, and the full names of both the bride and groom.
The certificate also records the previous marital status of the bride and groom. Those not previously married were "bachelor" or "spinster. The currently used wording is "previous marriage dissolved" with no further details given. On 5 Septemberthe Registrar General in England and Wales officially abolished the traditional terms Seal green booklet relationships dating "bachelor" and "spinster" and substituted the more politically correct "single" to coincide with the reform that introduced civil partnerships, explaining, "The word single will be used to mean a couple who has never been through a marriage or civil partnership.
Unlike birth and death registrations, the local church copies of marriage registers for churches are treated as ecclesiastical records and thus are deposited in diocesan record offices or county record offices often but not always the same office when full or when the church is closed.