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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 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 certificate. 

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 ID to:
           Births, Deaths and Marriages
           GPO Box 198
           Hobart  TAS  7001


You can download an application form for a birth certificate here: 

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 by mail. Visit here to see the list of ID you have to provide.  

How long does it take?

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, visit:

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.