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How to Get Single Status Certificate from Victoria, Australia

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A single status certificate proves that the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) holds no record of current marriage in Victoria.
 
You can use a single status certificate as proof that you are not already married. You may need this proof if you want to marry overseas.

record of no marriage-CERT- victoria australia
 

Apply HERE on this website: bdm.vic.gov.au


Here are the Steps:

Before you Start: Why You Need the Certificate

  • Check the box “I understand that I will need to prove my identity and meet all requirements before this certificate can be sent to me”

single status certificate letter Australia


  • Select the option, are you applying for yourself or someone else. If you’re applying for yourself, select “I am the subject”
  • Select the reason you need the certificate
  • Check the box “I agree to the above terms and conditions”
  • Click “Next” 

 


Order your Certificate(s)


Details of the person named on the certificate

At minimum, you’ll be asked for:

  • Given name
  • Family name
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Name of the mother
  • Name of the second parent (if applicable)
  • Reason for application.

If you’ve been previously married and are divorced or widowed, we’ll also ask for:

  • A certified copy of your divorce certificate; or
  • A certified copy of your spouse’s death certificate.

What is a certified copy?

If your spouse passed away in Victoria, you don’t need to provide a copy of the death certificate.



Proof of your identity

You may be able to prove your identity online. If not, you can still prove your identity by uploading documents or by post.

Acceptable documents

One of the easiest ways to prove your identity is by presenting your driver licence (if it confirms your residential address) and your Passport.

Example driver licence
An Australian passport

Alternatively, there are other ways to prove your identity.


Proof that you’re eligible to get the certificate

If you’re applying for your own certificate, you only need to provide proof of your identity.

If you’re applying for someone else’s certificate, you also need to provide:

  • Third-party authority form or letter from the person on the certificate authorising you to access their record. This includes the authorising person’s:
    • Address
    • Daytime telephone number
    • Signature.
  • Proof of identity of the authorising person.


Payment

The fees are non-refundable except as set out on their Refunds page.

Certificate fees

Certificate, purpose and price
Type of certificatePurposePrice
Legal certificateAccepted as an official single status certificate.$52.30

Postage fees are additional.

Postage fees

Postage within Australia

Type of certificatePostage and handling methodPrice
Legal certificateExpress post$10.00

Postage outside Australia

Type of certificatePostage and handling methodPrice
Legal certificateInternational express$54.10

See Australia Post (External link) for product details

Check the Payment methods (External link) that are accepted.


How long will it take?

Check: certificate turnaround times.

If it’s urgent, apply online then Contact them.


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