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    Your birth certificate is an important document used to prove your identity for many purposes like applying for a passport, driver's licence and government benefits. A standard birth certificate is an official certified copy of the registration data held by the NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages.

    Before you can apply for a birth certificate, the birth needs to be registered in NSW. For more information see Birth registration.

    Who can apply

    You can apply for a birth certificate if you are the person named on the certificate or a parent of the person. You must provide at least three forms of identification with your application.

    If you are not the person named on the certificate or their parent, you must satisfy one of the following conditions:

    • Provide a Letter of Authority giving you permission to apply - PDF, ID of the person named on the certificate or one of their parents (at least three forms of ID), and your own ID (at least three forms of ID).
    • Show power of attorney relating to the person named on the certificate or one of their parents.
    • Be a legally appointed guardian of the person named on the certificate.
    • Be a solicitor acting for the person names on the certificate or require the certificate for a legal purpose. For more information see Factsheet for applications by solicitors - PDF

    Commemorative birth certificates

    We offer a range of commemorative birth certificates to celebrate a new birth or one from years ago.  Our commemorative designs embody contemporary Australia, capturing this special moment in a lasting way. To view our latest designs see Commemorative birth certificates.


    ​Standard birth certificate*
    ​Commemorative birth certificate package (standard certificate included)
    ​Commemorative birth certificate on its own
    *A fee of $28 applies for priority processing. Priority processing is not available for a certificate for a new birth or for commemoratives.


    You must provide at least three forms of current ID, one of each from categories 1, 2 and 3. If you’re unable to provide ID from categories 1 and 2, you must still provide at least three forms of ID. At least two of these must be from category 3. If you’re unable to comply with these requirements, please contact us for further advice.

    ​Identification documents
    ​If born in Australia:

    • An Australian birth certificate
    Record of immigration status:

    • Citizenship certificate
    • New Zealand citizenship certificate together with passport
    • New Zealand birth certificate
    • ​Australian driver's licence
    • Australian passport
    • Firearms licence
    • Foreign passport
    • Proof of age card
    • ​Medicare card
    • Centrelink or Department of Veterans Affairs card
    • Security/Crowd control licence
    • Tertiary education institution ID card
    • ​Recent utility account with current residential address (issued within last three months)

    Processing time

    Processing begins when we have received your complete and correct application. Certificates are delivered by registered post when you apply by post, online or with Service NSW.

    For detailed information about certificate turnaround time see Processing times.

    How to apply

    Apply online for a Birth Certificate >>