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Birth Certificates

Getting a copy of your own birth certificate

If you’re applying for a job, a visa or getting your driver’s licence, you may be asked for a copy of your birth certificate.  If you can’t find your birth certificate, you will need to get a copy.   

If you were born in the ACT, you can get a copy of your birth certificate from the Office of Regulatory Services.  If you were not born in the ACT, you have to apply to the government in the state/territory where you were born.  You can find out how by clicking the Change State button at the top of this page and choosing the state/territory where you were born.

How old do I have to be to get a copy?

You don’t have to be a certain age to apply for a copy of your certificate.  But if you’re under 18, your parents can also apply for a copy of your certificate.

How do I apply?

  • In person at the Registry’s shopfront at Fyshwick:

Shopfront Location:

255 Canberra Avenue

Fyshwick ACT 2609. 

  • By mailing your form to:

Postal Address:

GPO Box 158

Canberra City ACT 2601 

How much does it cost?

It costs about $42 to get a copy of your birth certificate from the shopfront. If you apply by post the cost will be about $50.

What documents do I need to show?

You’ll need to be able to prove your identity if you’re applying for a copy of your birth certificate.

What ID you need to show depends on whether you lodge your application in person or if you do it online or by mail.   Visit Office of Regulatory Services  to see the list of ID you have to provide. 

How long does it take?

It takes about four business days to get a certificate if you apply online or by mail.  This includes time it takes to post it out to you.  If you want your certificate sooner, you can apply in person (see the address details for the office above) and you will usually get a copy within 30 minutes.

I want to change my name on my birth certificate – how can I do this?

Please see our page on Changing your name.

This page was last updated on 20 January 2015.