Introduction Show below:

A Birth Certificate is an official copy of the birth registration and is often used to help establish a person's identity. When you apply for a standard birth certificate, you also have the option to purchase a commemorative certificate to keep as a memento. Apply online for a birth or adoption that occurred in NSW. Alternatively, you can download, print and complete the Application for a Birth Certificate form, and lodge by mail or in person at a service centre.

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What you'll need Show below:
  • Your personal and contact details
  • A completed Application for a Birth Certificate form (online, in person or by mail)
  • The details of the Birth Certificate required
  • Your personal identity documents as specified on the form
  • A scanner or phone/tablet camera so you'll be able to upload the copies of your identity documents (if applying online)
  • A letter giving you permission to be provided with the Application for a Birth Certificate form (if applicable)
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How to apply Show below:
  1. Check the eligibility requirements
  2. Click the 'Apply online' button
  3. Register or sign in to the NSW Government Licensing Service
  4. Provide details of the Birth
  5. Enter the applicant's details
  6. Enter the order details
  7. Upload your 3 identification documents
  8. Enter your payment information
  9. Read and acknowledge the declaration
  10. Submit your application for processing
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Who's eligible? Show below:
  • This application form can only be used if the birth occurred in NSW
  • If you are the person to be named on the certificate, or a parent of the person to be named on the certificate, the birth certificate can be issued to you
  • If you DO meet the above criteria, you must provide three copies of your own identification
  • If you DO NOT meet the above criteria, you must provide:
  1. A letter giving permission from the person named on the certificate or their parent. Please include their address, daytime telephone number and signature
  2. Three copies of identification from the person giving permission
  3. Three copies of your own identification
  • Where solicitors apply for certificates on behalf of clients, they must provide:
  1. A letter on company letterhead stating the reason required ('legal' is not sufficient; a specific reason is needed, such as Probate, Estate Administration, etc), together with the name of the client the solicitor is acting for
  2. The letter must be accompanied by a completed application form and a copy of your Law Society ID Card or Practising Certificate
  3. Solicitor's name must be written in the Applicant's Details section. Payment must be made with a company or trust cheque, or company credit card

To make sure that you have all the information and documentation you need to complete this transaction, please visit Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

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Things to keep in mind... Show below:
  • If the birth occurred 100 or more years ago, please refer to the Order a Family History Certificate transaction.
  • Make sure that the copies of the documents you have scanned or photographed are clear and easy to read.
  • Certificates are sent by the Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages via registered post. They cannot be collected at a service centre.
  • Check the turnaround times via the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages website.
  • If you change your mind, or decide the certificate is no longer required, your application fee will not be refunded.
  • If you'd like your certificate to be faxed to an Australian passport office, consulate or embassy, you'll need to make that request at the same time as your application, as stand alone requests are not accepted. Please include a request letter if mailing your application.
  • Make sure that you indicate which destination office you want the certificate faxed to.
  • Certificates are not faxed to foreign embassies, work fax numbers or personal fax numbers.
  • There is an additional payment attached to this request.
  • If you wish to mail your completed form and documentation, you can send it to Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, GPO Box 30, Sydney NSW 2001.

To make sure that you have all the information and documentation you need to complete this transaction, please visit Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Apply online
Payment methods Show below:
  • Cash (in Australian currency)
  • Cheque (Personal, Bank or Agency drawn)
  • Credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Diners Club International* or American Express*)
  • Debit card (MasterCard, Visa or EFTPOS)
  • Money orders

For transactions that can be completed online, you can only pay by credit card, except for some transactions where BPAY is accepted.

Please note, a surcharge may be applied if you choose to pay by credit card.

Unfortunately, the following payment types are unavailable in service centres:

  • Credit card (Diners Club International)
  • Traveller's cheques (in Australian currency and all other international currencies)
  • BPAY

* Unfortunately, some websites and locations may not accept American Express or Diners Club International.

Need help? Show below:

We’re happy to help you with this transaction.

Feel free to call us on 13 77 88 or visit a service centre.