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 Victoria, you can get a copy of your birth certificate from the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
If you were not born in Victoria, 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:
- Online at: Births Deaths Marriages Victoria
- In person at a Service Centre – you can search for the one closest to you here
If you apply online you will have to send some proof of identity documents by mail, or in person at a Service Centre. If you send these documents by mail the address is:
Victorian Registry of Births,
Deaths and Marriages
GPO Box 4332
MELBOURNE VIC 3001
How much does it cost?
It costs about $30 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. To see the list of ID you have to provide, visit Births Deaths Marriages Victoria.
How long does it take?
It usually takes 6 days plus postage time to get a copy of your birth certificate, not including postage time. This means you should receive it about two weeks after you submit your application.
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 downloaded on 15 January 2015.