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 Western Australia, you can get a copy of your birth certificate from the Western Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. If you were not born in Western 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 can apply for a copy of your birth certificate if you’re 16 or over. If you’re younger than 16, you can apply for a birth certificate if you have written consent from one of your parents (who is named on your birth certificate). Otherwise, your parents can apply for you no matter what age you are.
How do I apply?
You can’t lodge an application online, by email or fax, but you can print out an application form and:
- Lodge it in person the Perth Registry Office located at Level 10, 141 St Georges Terrace, Perth, between 8.30am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday
- Lodge it in person at one of these courts
- Send it by mail to:
You can download an application form for a birth certificate
here: Department of Attorney General website
How much does it cost?
It costs about $44 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. Click here to see the list of ID you have to provide.
How long does it take?
If you apply:
- in person – you can collect your certificate on the same day you apply.
- by mail, your certificate should be ready after two working days, plus extra time for postage. from when your application is received.
If you need your certificate urgently, like for a passport application, and you can’t apply in person, you can pay a priority fee of $34 and your certificate will be ready in 24 hours (not including postage time if you get it mailed back to you).
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 updated on 23 January 2015.
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