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 South Australia, you can get a copy of your birth certificate from the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Office. 

If you were not born in South Australia, 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?


You can apply for a copy of your birth certificate:

  • In person at the Consumer and Business Services Centre located at 91 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000
  • By mailing your form and copies of ID documents: to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Office, GPO Box 1351, Adelaide SA 5001.

You can download an application form for a birth certificate from the  Government of South Australia website.

How much does it cost?


It costs about $46 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.   To see the list of ID you need to provide, visit the Government of South Australia website.

How long does it take?

It normally takes 5 business days to get a copy of your certificate.  If you need your certificate urgently, like for a passport application, you can pay an urgent processing fee of $35 and you will be able to pick up the certificate:

  • If you’ve applied online: within 24 hours
  • If you’ve applied in person at the office:  within ½ an hour

You can’t pay an urgent fee for postal applications. You will have to wait the 5 business days. 

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.

You may copy and use this fact sheet.

This page was last update on 23 January 2015.