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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 NSW, you can get a copy of your birth certificate from the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.   If you were not born in NSW, 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 can get a copy of your birth certificate at any age.  But if you’re under 18, your parents can also apply for a copy of your certificate.

How do I apply?

You can download an application form for a birth certificate here: NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages 


You can apply for a copy of your birth certificate:

  • In person at a:

Registry Office location
Service NSW service centre
NSW Local Court  

  • By mailing your application form and copies of identity documents to:

NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages

GPO Box 30

SYDNEY NSW 2001

 

How much does it cost?


It costs about $51 to get a copy of your birth certificate ($75 if urgent).

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 NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to see the list of ID you have to provide.  

 

How long does it take?

A standard birth certificate takes about 2 weeks. If you need your certificate urgently, like for a passport application, you can pay an extra processing fee of $75 and get the certificate:

  • If applying in person at a registry office: on the same day
  • If applying by post: within 4 working days.

 

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 20 January 2015.