Marriage Certificate
      Legal Document

International couples are required to obtain a marriage licence.
When the Wedding Date has been confirmed, we will lodge an application form on your behalf, before you arrive here in New Zealand.

New Zealand law does not require blood tests for couples intending to marry and New Zealand marriage documents are recognized in the United States, Japan, Australia, U.K, Hong Kong and most other countries.
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Marriage Certificate

Signing of Marriage Certificate at Tamaki Maori Village Rotorua
Obtaining a N.Z Marriage Licence

A marriage in N.Z is open to anyone as long as they are legally free to marry.

Under N.Z law this means that:
  • They are not already married (or previous marriages have been dissolved by a court of law)
  • They are old enough (16 or over, although parental consent is required if either party is under 20 years old)
  • They are not closely related by blood, marriage or adoption.


  • Statutory Declaration

    N.Z law requires that you make a statutory declaration in person stating that there is no lawful impediment to the marriage (ie, no legal reasons that you cannot marry) that the details you give are true, that the Bride and Groom are not within the prohibited degrees of relationship and that parental consent has been given (where relevant).

    This must be done before your wedding:
  • In the presence of a Registrar of marriages in Auckland, Wellington or in Christchurch.
  • Or in the presence of a Commonwealth representative in your home country this must be done no earlier than three months prior to the wedding date as the licence is valid for three months only.

  • When planning your itinerary, please note that time of a week day prior to your wedding must be set aside in order to uplift your marriage licence from the government office. Marriage licence offices are only open on weekdays (not public holidays) during normal working hours (9am to 5pm). We will advise you which office is going to be most appropriate for you to uplift your marriage licence and we will also provide assistance and transport to the government office.
    33 Rutland Street, Rotorua
    Aotearoa ( New Zealand )
    | Phone: (021) 254 5696
    Outside NZ: +64 21 254 5696
    | Fax: (07) 347 6589
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