About us

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    Who we are

    We are a Division of the NSW Department of Justice. Our role is to establish and maintain registers necessary for the purposes of the Births Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995 and the Relationships Register Act 2010.

    Our role

    To register life events in New South Wales accurately and securely for all time, ensuring their integrity and confidentiality. This includes the registration of births, deaths and marriages and official changes of name and sex.

    We meet the varied and valid needs of our customers by providing a range of certificates, products and information services that help establish a range of legal entitlements.

    We also provide data for planning and research to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

    Our purpose

    The Registry touches the lives of customers who have experienced a life event in NSW. We are proud to deliver these essential public services and of our work in protecting the integrity of the registers, and security of the personal data we hold in delivering these essential public services. Supporting law enforcement, we are a trusted service.

    Our values

    We are guided by our values to serve the NSW community in everything we do and strive to:

    • provide excellent service
    • demonstrate honesty and integrity
    • act professionally
    • communicate respectfully
    • be accountable

    Services we provide

    • Birth, death, marriage and relationship registrations.
    • Issue of standard and commemorative birth and marriage certificates.
    • Issue of death certificates.
    • Issue of single status certificates.
    • Relationship registration and certificates.
    • Change of name registration and certificates.
    • Civil marriage ceremonies.
    • Family history research.

    Contacting us

    We're here to make it easier for you to access Registry services and products. 

    Our staff are ready to assist people living with disabilities. Please contact us if you have any enquiries.

    If you would like to speak to a staff member in your chosen language, or connect with interpreter services see Translating and interpreting services