Verify your identity for PRODA with your marriage certificate

How to verify your identity for PRODA with an original or a certified copy of your marriage certificate issued by an Australian state or territory.

To verify your identity through the Document Verification Service (DVS) using a marriage certificate, certain information from the certificate is required. This information can vary in location depending on the state or territory it was issued in.

Australian Capital Territory

You can electronically verify Australian Capital Territory (ACT) marriage certificates back to 1930.

  • The registration year is underneath the name of the Officiating Minister or Registrar. Use the year noted in this date
  • The registration number is on the left hand side of the certificate

New South Wales

You can electronically verify New South Wales (NSW) marriage certificates back to 3 September 1963.

Variation 1

  • The registration year is underneath the signature of the Officiating Minister or Registrar. Use the year noted in this date
  • The registration number is on the left hand side of the certificate

Variation 2

  • The registration year is on the top right hand side of the certificate. It is the number noted after the forward slash. Use the year only
  • The registration number is on the top right hand side of the certificate. It is the first number noted before the forward slash

Variation 3

  • The registration year is next to the words ‘Received and registered by me this’. Use the year noted in this date
  • The registration number is in the first row of the certificate in the second column to the right of the title ‘1 Number in Register’

Northern Territory

You can electronically verify Northern Territory (NT) marriage certificates back to 1960.

  • The registration year is above the details of the registering officer
  • The registration number is above the details of the registering officer
  • The date of issue is on the left hand side after the words ‘Dated this’. Use the entire date. Where the date is 26 February 1997, enter 26/02/1997
  • The certificate number is at the bottom of the certificate on the left hand side

Queensland

You can electronically verify Queensland (Qld) marriage certificates back to 3 September 1963

The registration number is only required if the certificate was issued on or after 1 July 1996.

Variation 1

  • The registration year is on the top right hand side of the certificate and is the first number noted
  • The registration number is on the top right hand side of the certificate and is the second number noted after the forward slash. It can contain up to 6 digits
  • The date of registration is in the eleventh row of the certificate in the second column. Use the entire date. Where the date is 27 April 1970, enter 27/04/1970

Variation 2

  • The registration year is above the seal. Use the year noted in this date
  • The registration number is on the top right hand side of the certificate. It can contain up to 6 digits
  • The date of registration is above the seal. Use the entire date. Where the date is
    29 October 2004, enter 29/10/2004

Variation 3

  • The registration year is on the left hand side towards the bottom of the certificate
  • The registration number is in the first row of the certificate in the third column. It can contain up to 6 digits
  • The date of registration is near the words ‘Date of Registration’. Use the entire date. Where the date is 31 July 1979, enter 31/07/1979

South Australia

You can electronically verify South Australian (SA) marriage certificates back to 1999.

Date of issue and certificate number are required if issued on or after 1 November 1999.

  • The registration year is on the right hand side after the words ‘Date Registered’. Use the year noted in this date
  • The registration number on the left hand side
  • The date of issue is after the words ‘Given under my hand and seal this
  • ’Use the entire date of issue. Where the date is 12 July 2010 you will enter 12/07/2010

Tasmania

You can electronically verify Tasmanian (Tas.) marriage certificates through the DVS back to 1970.

  • The registration year is on the left hand side of the certificate. Use the year noted in this date
  • The registration number is on the right hand side of the certificate
  • Use the entire date of issue. Where the date is 12 July 2010 you will enter 12/07/2010

Victoria

You can electronically verify Victorian (Vic.) marriage certificates back to the year 1990.

Variation 1

  • The registration year is above the signature of the celebrant
  • The registration number is on the top right hand side of the certificate

Variation 2

  • The registration year is on the top right hand side of the certificate. It is the number noted after the forward slash. Use the year noted in this date
  • The registration number is on the top right hand side of the certificate. It is the number noted before the forward slash

Western Australia

You can electronically verify Western Australian (WA) marriage certificates back to 1940.

Marriages registered before 1984 have been progressively converted into electronic format.

The look of a certificate of marriage before 1984 will differ according to whether it was issued from the original, paper-based record before the conversion to electronic format or if it was computer-generated from the converted record.          

Marriage certificates issued from 1940 to 1963

  • The registration year is under the seal and the place of registration. Use the year noted in this date
  • The registration number is formed by putting the 2 digit district number and the 5 digit registration number together to form the 7 digit number
  • The district number is on the left of the title ‘Certificate of Marriage’. If the district is not displayed as a number, you can convert it using the WA District List
  • the registration number is in the second row of the first column on the left hand side of the certificate
  • If there are not 2 digits and 5 digits respectively, add zeros to the beginning of the registration number. For example if the district number is 01 and the registration number is 31, the 7 digit number is 0100031

Marriage certificates issued from 1964 to 1978

  • The registration year is to the right of the heading ‘Registration Number’, and is the number noted after the forward slash
  • The registration number is formed by putting the 2 digit district number and the 5 digit registration number together to form a 7 digit number
  • The registration district can be found after the words ‘Marriages in the’ and before ‘District of Western Australia’. You can convert it into a district number by using the WA District List
  • The registration number is to the right of the heading ‘Registration Number’ and it is the first number noted
  • If the numbers are not 2 digits and 5 digits respectively, add zeros to the beginning of the registration number. If the district number is 44 and the registration number is 4, then the 7 digit number is 4400004

Marriage certificates issued from 1979 to 1983

  • The registration year is to the right of the heading ‘Registration Number’ and is the number in the third section. Where the details are 3/9/79/J, the registration year is 1979
  • The registration number is formed putting the 2 digit district number and the 5 digit registration number together to form the 7 digit number
  • The registration district is to the right of the heading ‘Registration Number’ and after the numbers. You can convert it a district number by using the WA District List
  • The registration number is in the first row of and is the number noted after the first forward slash, or
  • If the numbers do not add up to 2 digits and 5 digits respectively, add zeros to the beginning of the registration number. If the district number is 11 and the registration number is 9, the 7 digit number is 1100009

Marriage certificates issued from 1984 (including re-issued certificates)

  • The registration year is on the top right hand side of the certificate and is the number noted after the forward slash
  • The registration number is on the top right hand side of the certificate. It is the first number noted and will be up to 7 digits. If it is less than 7 digits, add zeros to the front of the number. Do not enter alphabetic characters. If the registration number is 0112345A, enter 0112345

Page last updated: 15 November 2016

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