​Introducing our new look website

Welcome to the new look website of the NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages.

    New features

    The website has a new look and streamlined navigation. Content has been reorganised to provide users with improved access and online service. The new site is mobile device friendly. People who use assistive technologies will also find it easier to use.

    Our website domain name has remained the same: www.bdm.nsw.gov.au. Regular users of our site are advised to update bookmarks for webpages and online services.

    Finding your way around

    Our website has been reorganised as follows.

    Apply for Certificates

    Options to apply

    Apply by post, in person or online. All certificates are delivered by Registered Post, except for Family History which is standard mail. The "Priority/Urgent" fee can be added onto any certificate purchase, or to apply for a Change of Name.

    Fees for Products and Services 

    Prices listed are for postal delivery. Standard certificates are $51 and include Birth, Death, Marriage, Relationship, Replace a Change of Name, Single Status, Section 50. Commemorative Birth/Marriage Certificate Package is $74 including standard certificate. Change of Name is $174 including certificate. Registry Marriages start at $401 including certificate.

    Turnaround times            

    Our processing times as listed don't include postal delivery times. Times commence when applications have been received and are in full compliance with Registry requirements. To avoid delays please ensure you read and complete all information on the application, and attach copies of identification.


    The Registry has extended the proof of identity requirements to birth registrations in NSW. Each parent is now required to produce three identity documents, as indicated.

    Birth certificate         

    You can apply online for a Birth certificate. This is the official certified copy of the registration held by the Registry, and is commonly used to help establish a person's identity. The Registry also offers a range of Commemorative Birth certificates, which will help you to celebrate a special new visitor in your home.

    Amend birth certificate          

    You can "Apply to correct an entry" or "Apply to add a parent" for a birth that occured in NSW.


    The Registry records details of legal adoptions finalised in NSW. You will need to provide a "Supply Authority" from Family and Community Services for information on an adoption.

    Stillbirths & early pregnancy loss           

    The Registry records details of stillbirths in NSW as births. Recognition of early pregnancy loss is available at no charge and requires a declaration from the the treating medical practitioner.


    The Registry records all deaths that occur in NSW. The funeral director is required to register the death within 7 days of the burial or cremation. For information on probate, contact the Probate Division of the Supreme Court. For information on Wills, please see the NSW Trustee & Guardian's online Deceased Will Enquiry.

    Death certificate

    You can apply online for a Death certificate. This is the official certified copy of the registration held by the Registry. For deaths over 30 years ago, if you don't require a certificate for official use, see Family History.

    Section 50         

    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.

    Marriages & Relationships


    The Registry records all marriages that occur in NSW. More about: Getting married; Registering a marriage; Changing your name after marriage; and Divorce.

    Marriage certificate

    You can apply online for a Marriage certificate. This is the official certified copy of the registration and is usually sufficient evidence to have personal documentation, such as your driver's licence and passport, changed to your married surname. The Registry also offers a range of Commemorative marriage certificates. Perfect to remember your special day...

    Registry Marriages                         

    Ideal for couples seeking a simple and intimate ceremony. Costs start at $401 and include the issue of a standard certificate for you to have personal documentation, such as your driver's licence and passport, changed to your married surname. To book a marriage interview please phone 13 77 88.

    Single Status certificate      

    You may require a Single Status certificate if you intend to be married overseas or if you are returning to your country of residence to be married. It certifies that you have not been married in NSW during a specified period.


    The NSW Relationships Register provides legal recognition for a couple, regardless of their sex. More about Relationship registration and certificates, including how to revoke a registered relationship.

    Change of Name

    Restricted Persons       

    Persons who are under the supervision of the Commissioner of Corrective Services, the Mental Health Review Tribunal, or the NSW Police Commissioner, must obtain approval from that authority before making an application.

    Changing your name after marriage    

    If you were married in Australia a formal Change of Name is not required if you wish to take your spouse's name. A Standard Marriage certificate is usually sufficient evidence to have personal documentation, such as your driver's licence and passport, changed to your married surname.

    Replacement certificate        

    You can apply online to replace a Change of Name certificate if it was previously registered in NSW.

    Amend Certificate

    There may be occasions when you need to amend the details on a birth, death, marriage or other certificate.

    Correct an entry       

    You may "Apply to correct an entry" for a NSW registration. This does not include: changing a child's name; adding a parent's details; or amending "family history" records.

    Add a parent to a birth      

    You may "Apply to add a parent to a birth certificate" for a birth that occurred in NSW.

    Change of sex          

    Having undergone a sex affirmation procedure, a person may: "Apply to record a change of sex" (born in NSW) or complete an: "Application for a recognised details certificate" (born overseas).

    Family History

    We have over 18 million Family History records going back to 1788. Our online search engine allows unrestricted searching, with no identification required for: Births over 100 years ago; Deaths over 30 years ago; Marriages over 50 years ago.

    Tracing your family tree

    Certificates have information not just about the subject of that registration but also other family members. For example, a death certificate has the deceased person's name, their age at death and often their occupation.

    Registry records

    Certificate formats vary according to how the event was originally recorded. Methods changed over the years; from quill and ink in leather bound registers; to today's computerised electronic data.

    Interesting certificates                         

    Have a look at some of the more fascinating examples of historical certificates from the Registry's records, often relating to prominent (or notorious) Australians.

    Other useful sites

    Australian and international resources to assist with you searching: NSW State Records; Society of Australian Genealogists; National Archives of Australia; NSW Land & Property Information; and more.

    Missing pages or broken links

    As with any significant shift of information from one format to another, some items may get misplaced or reorganised. So, if you see something we should address, or you would like to suggest an enhancement: please let us know.