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Apply online here

Once a life event is registered, you can apply online for a certificate. Our system is device-friendly, fully integrated, safe and secure. Please ensure you are using the latest versions of Internet Explorer; Chrome or Firefox. 

Apply by post

You can print off an application form to fill out and mail in. We cannot accept forms or ID by fax or email.

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Type

​Application forms

Birth​

​Death

Marriage

Relationship

Change of Name

​Amendments

​Other forms

Apply in person

Fees for Products and Services

When applying by post, online or in person at Service NSW or other agencies, certificates are distributed by Registered Post. The fee for Postage & Handling ($9 including GST) is already added into prices below.

  • Fee for International Registered Post: add $9.
  • Fee to fax information to a Passports office: add $42.
  • Fee for each additional search of up to 10 years: add $43.
  • Fee for Priority processing of certificate application: add $26.
  • Credit card surcharge: 1.4% for AMEX and 0.4% for Mastercard or Visa.

Fees effective from 1 September 2017

$AUD

Standard certificates: Birth, Death, Marriage, Relationship, Replace Change of Name.

$56

Commemorative Birth or Marriage Package: includes 1 Commemorative and 1 standard certificate (add $25 for extra Commemorative certificate).

$81

Change of Name: Fee includes registration and certificate. Add $51 if Priority processing for registration and certificate is required.

$185
Single Status certificate: click for table of fees
 N/A
Section 50 Search: includes initial 10 year search and certificate.
$55​

Family History certificates with registration number: Births over 100 years; Deaths over 30 years; Marriages over 50 years.

 $33

Family History certificates without registration number: includes 10 year search.

 $46

Adding or Removing Parent information: add $56 for a certificate.

 $69

Birth Record of an Adopted Person: for fees refer to Adoptions

 N/A

Recording a Change of Sex: includes registration and certificate.

$127

Relationship Registration: includes registration and certificate.
Add $39 if you require a letter confirming you have lodged an application.

$212

Revocation of Relationship: add $56 if a certificate is required.

 $78

Registry Wedding, Business Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:00pm. 
Fee includes Lodge Notice; ceremony; standard marriage certificate.

$422

​Registry Wedding, Special arrangement: Friday 6pm to 8pm, or weekend.
Fee includes Lodge Notice; ceremony; standard marriage certificate.

$533

Registry Wedding: Lodge Notice of Intended Marriage only.

$162

Our turnaround times

Processing begins when we have received your complete and correct application including required copies of identification.

postal deliveryCertificates are distributed by registered post when you apply by post, online or in person at Service NSW or other agencies. Regular delivery is up to 6 working days or check international post times

lodging at BDM

Certificates can be collected in person when you lodge at a Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages Office. Commemorative certificates are delivered by mail.

Times for registration and certificates
To estimate the total turnaround time, add the Processing time to Postal delivery time

 Standard processing time

Priority
processing time

Postal delivery time
postal delivery

Birth certificate

4 working days

 2 working days

6 working days

postal delivery Birth certificate for newborn

Add 2 weeks if submitted at Service NSW

  8 working days

N/A

6 working days

postal delivery

Marriage certificate

 4 working days

 2 working days

6 working days

postal delivery Marriage certificate for newly weds
Celebrants have 14 days to lodge paperwork

 16 working
days

N/A

6 working days

postal delivery Change of name registration and certificate

45 working days

  8 working days

6 working days

postal delivery Death certificate - death over 2 months ago

working days

2 working days

6 working days

postal delivery Death certificate for a recent death
Funeral directors have 7 days to notify the Registry

working
days

N/A

6 working days

postal delivery Relationship certificate
Includes 28 (calendar) day cooling off period

               43 days

N/A

6 working days

postal delivery ​Revocation certificate
Includes 90 (calendar) day cooling off period

92 daysN/A​ 6 working days

Single status certificate

working days

 2 working days

6 working days

postal delivery Commemorative birth or marriage certificate
Mailed separately to the standard certificate

 15 working days

N/A

6 working days

postal delivery Correction of a certificate

​39 working
days

N/A

6 working days

postal deliveryFamily history certificate
Same processing time for email or postal delivery

4 working
days
N/A 6 working days​

lodging at BDMStandard birth, death, marriage, replace change of name certificate
Commemorative certificates are delivered by mail

​​1 working day​Same day if lodged by 3pm​N/A​
lodging at BDMSection 50 Search5 working days​1 working day​​N/A

We protect your privacy

Please read and complete all information on the application, and attach the required copies of identification. Incomplete applications cause delays and may be returned or refused.

To protect your privacy, the Registry requires proof of your identity. By applying, you give consent to the release of the information provided by you, to those agencies who may be able to validate it. Find out more at Access to information: Your Right to Privacy policy.