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The Registry records all births that occur in New South Wales. It is a legal requirement in NSW to register your child's birth with us within 60 days — the hospital doesn't do this for you.
Choosing a name is always a very special moment, and the vast majority of names can be registered. However, some names are prohibited e.g. words which may be offensive, official titles or rank, using numbers or symbols e.g. 1st, Snr or Jnr. For more information please refer to the Prohibited Names
Policy – PDF.
Registering your newborn ensures you can apply for a birth certificate and certain government benefits like Parental Leave.
Here's how to register your newborn online >>
As set out in the Miscellaneous Acts Amendment (Same Sex Relationships) Act 2008 (NSW), two women in a same-sex de facto relationship may be recognised on their child's birth certificate.
Under the Assisted Reproductive Technology Act 2007 (NSW), if you answer 'Yes' to this your child will receive a notification if they obtain a birth certificate after the age of 18 stating there may be further information available from the relevant authority.
If you have lodged a Birth Registration Statement for a birth that occurred on or after 4 May 2016 and wish to amend it with assisted reproductive technology information, please complete a Correct an entry application - PDF
If you are a resident of Albury you can choose to register your child’s birth in NSW rather than in Victoria. For more information see Albury birth registration flyer - PDF
We register all births based on the online birth registration form completed by the parents and a notification provided by:
If the birth occurred at home or in a location other than a hospital and the child is taken to a hospital within 24 hours of the birth, the hospital should notify the Registry of the birth. The mother must register the baby within 60 days of the birth.
If the birth occurred in a location other than a hospital without a registered doctor or midwife in attendance and the child was NOT taken to a hospital within 24 hours of the birth:
Complete the birth registration within 60 days of the child's birth.
Our priority is to support all parents to register their child. The Births Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995 (NSW) states parents must register their baby within 60 days of birth.Late birth registration requires strict verification of both the parent/s identification and the child's details. It's not always possible to process these applications quickly due to these requirements. For proof of identification for parent/s and children refer to the information below.
Parents listed on the online birth registration form must supply current legible identification for proof of identity from the table below.
You must provide three forms of 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.
You must prove your child's identity with one of the following accepted IDs: