It is possible to apply for a refund for your NZ marriage licence due to your cancelled or postponed wedding day.

Unfortunately, many couples have had to postpone or even cancel their wedding as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic,  some of whom have already applied for and received their marriage licences.

It is possible to apply for a marriage licence refund:

Marriage licences are valid until the date of expiry, that being 3 months from the date of issue. If couples want to postpone their wedding as a result of the pandemic, there are options:

  1. Delay having the marriage, but not later than when the marriage licence expires. This is in the hope that the situation has improved within 3 months.
  2. If the couple plan to get married after their licence expires, they can apply for a refund now. If approved, the refund will include the licence fee and the marriage certificate, if ordered.
  3. Couples can request a refund by emailing [email protected] with the subject heading “Request for marriage licence refund”. In the body of the email include:

• Reason for refund e.g. unable to enter the country.

• Both partners’ full names and contact details (e.g., email, phone number etc.)

When you have a new confirmed wedding date you can apply for your marriage licence as normal.

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