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 Northern Territory, you can get a copy of your birth certificate from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. If you were not born in the Northern Territory, 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: Department of the Attorney-General and Justice
You can apply for a copy of your birth certificate:
- In person at the offices of the Registry: Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine or Tennant Creek Births, Deaths and Marriages offices
- By Mail: You can post your application form and copies of your ID documents to the Darwin Office at GPO Box 3021, Darwin NT 0801 or the Alice Springs Office at PO Box 8043, Alice Springs NT 0871
- By fax: send your application form and ID documents to (08) 8999 6324 (Darwin Office) or (08) 8951 5340 (Alice Spring Office).
How much is a birth certificate?
It costs about $43 to get a copy of your birth certificate.
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 Department of the Attorney-General and Justice to see the list of ID you have to provide.
How long does it take?
Generally, applications take 3 days to complete, plus time for postage. If you need your certificate urgently, like for a passport application, you can pay a priority fee of $30 and get your certificate sooner. If you have questions about the Registry’s priority service, you can call them on: (08) 8999 6324 or (08) 8951 5340.
I want to change my name on my birth certificate – how can I do this?
Please see our page on Changing your name
If you’re under 25 and have a specific question about birth certificates, you can send us a Lawmail.
This page was last updated on 20 January 2015.