If you've recently given birth in NSW, you'll need to register your newborn with the Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages. All births must be registered within 60 days of the child being born.
If you meet the eligibility requirements, you can register your newborn online.
Note: If you are not the parent and need to register the birth, please call 13 77 88 for assistance.
You're not eligible to register online if:
- you're not the parent of the child (call 13 77 88 for assistance)
- the birth was at home without a doctor or midwife present, and you didn't go to hospital or seek medical attention within 24 hours of the birth. In this instance, in addition to the 3 forms of identification for each parent, you'll need a Section 44 Notice:
- obtainable from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages on 13 77 88
- completed by 2 independent witnesses who saw the birth (not the parents of the child), or 2 people that can confirm the particulars of the birth.
What you need
- email address of the parent registering the baby
- 3 forms of identification for each parent who'll be listed on the birth registration:
- your ID documents need to be saved on your computer as JPEG, PDF or TIFF files, and each file must be less than 20MB in size.
- File names must include letters and numbers, but no spaces, dashes, or underscores. Examples are:
- details of the parent(s) including:
- full name(s) and place(s) of birth
- contact details
- address(es) during most of the pregnancy
- date and place of marriage (if applicable)
- full names, dates and places of birth of older children from the relationship or a different relationship (if applicable)
- their own mothers' maiden name (their own mothers' original surname at the time of her birth).
- baby's details including:
- full name
- date, time and place of birth
- birth weight in grams.
How to register
- Check the eligibility requirements.
- Select the 'Register online' button.
- Enter the required information.
- Upload your documentation.
If you cannot register the birth online:
- Call 13 77 88 and request a paper Birth Registration Statement be posted to you.
- Once received, complete the paper Birth Registration Statement.
- Gather the required identification documents.
- Visit a service centre and lodge the information in person, or post it to:
Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages
GPO Box 30
Sydney NSW 2001
- it's free to register a birth
- registering your baby ensures you can apply for a birth certificate and certain government benefits
- the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages keeps a permanent record of the registration so parents or children can obtain a birth certificate at any time.
To make sure that you have all the information and documentation you need to complete this transaction, please visit the Births, Deaths & Marriages website.
Last updated: 15 October 2020