Introduction

If your child was born in NSW, and you want to add the biological father's details to the child's birth certificate, you can lodge an application at a service centre, or post the required documentation to the Registry.

Eligibility

  • the birth must be registered in NSW
  • both biological parents must sign the form, or a court order or a parentage testing DNA report may be required, to determine paternity.

What you need

  • the personal and contact details of the mother
  • the personal and contact details of the father
  • the child's personal details
  • 3 certified forms of identification for each parent
  • original copies of birth certificates or extracts previously issued by the Registry
  • marriage details (if applicable)
  • your payment
  • the PDF form – 'Adding a parent's details to a birth registration'.

How to apply

  1. Check the eligibility requirements.
  2. Download and complete Adding a parent's details to a birth registration – PDF.
  3. Make sure you have all the required documentation.
  4. Visit a service centre and lodge the information in person, or mail it to:
    Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages
    GPO Box 30
    Sydney NSW 2001

More information

  • Make sure you include the original copies of birth certificates or extracts previously issued by the Registry, when you lodge your application.
  • Certificates are sent by the Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages via registered post. They can't be collected at a service centre.
  • Turnaround times commence when applications are received in full compliance with Registry requirements, and exclude delivery time.
  • If you change your mind, your application fee will not be refunded.
  • Documents provided as proof of identity may have their authenticity verified through the online Certificate Validation Service (CertValid) and the National Document Verification Service (DVS).

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.

Payment methods

You can review transaction payment options on our payment methods page.