Getting a copy of your own birth
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 Tasmania, you can get a copy of your birth certificate from
the Tasmanian Registry of
Births, Deaths and Marriages. If you were not born in Tasmania, 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
How do I apply?
You can’t lodge an application online, by email or over the phone, but you can print
out an application form and:
- lodge it in person at a Tasmanian
Service shop – you can find out which one is closest to you here
- send it by mail, with copies of your
Births, Deaths and Marriages
GPO Box 198
Hobart TAS 7001
You can download an application form for a birth certificate
How much does it
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 by mail. Visit here
to see the list of ID you have to provide.
How long does it
If you apply by mail, generally you’ll get your birth
certificate within 10 days plus time for postage. This means it could take over 2 weeks to get
a copy after you apply.
If you need your certificate urgently, like for a passport application, you can
apply in person for your certificate at selected Service Tasmania offices and
get the certificate on the same day.
You’ll have to pay an urgent processing fee of $33.
This service is only available if you
apply in person at Service Tasmania
Hobart, Launceston, Burnie, Devonport, Huonville, Scottsdale and Sorell. For the full addresses of these offices,
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 23 January 2015.