Getting a Copy of your Birth Certificate

What is a birth certificate?

A birth certificate is an official copy of the information registered relating to your birth. A birth certificate is commonly used to help establish a person’s identity. If you were born in Western Australia, your birth certificate is provided by the Western Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (the Registry).

I need a copy of my birth certificate. How can I apply to get one?

If you were born in Western Australia you can get a  birth certificate from the Registry by:

1. lodging an application

2. proving identity, and

3. paying a fee.

If you are 16 years of age or over you can apply for a copy of your own birth certificate. If you are under 16 years of age a parent named in the certificate or your legal guardian can apply for a certificate for you.

If you were not born in Western Australia you will have to apply to the relevant registry from the state or territory in which you were born to get your birth certificate.

How can I  get a birth certificate application?

An application form can be downloaded from the Registry website or can be obtained in person from the Registry or from various courts located throughout the state.

How can I lodge my application?

For an official Western Australian certificate an application can be lodged:

  • In person at the Perth Registry office
  • In person at a court near you
  • By mail to  PO Box 7720, Cloisters Square, Perth WA 6850

Visit the Registry website and find the link for addresses for the Registry and local courts.

You cannot submit your application by phone, fax, email, or online.

What proofs of identification do I need to get my birth certificate?

See page two of the application form to find out what specific forms of identification you will need when you are applying for a birth certificate.

How much will  it cost me to get a birth certificate?

 It will cost you about $44.


This page updated September 2013.

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