The executor, administrator or trustee of an estate may conduct a search in NSW. Apply by post or in person:
Section 50 Search application
Under Section 50 of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995 , the executor, administrator or trustee of the estate of a deceased person may apply for a certificate certifying whether or not the deceased person is recorded as being a parent of any children.
The Search may be used to locate the beneficiaries of an estate so that assets can be distributed. If the deceased person was born overseas, only their time spent as a resident in NSW will be searched.
Searches can be conducted for deceased females from ages 12 to 60, and for males from age 12 until death.
All legal practitioners who apply must provide:
If you are not a legal practitioner but are the administrator or trustee of the estate, you must provide at least three forms of your identification from the proof of identification list with your application.