Add a parent to a birth
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You can apply to add a parent’s details to a child’s birth registration that occurred in New South Wales.
The Registry allows the addition of the biological father's details to a child's birth certificate. The biological parents of a child may add a father's details to a birth registered in NSW.
The Registry can also add a father to the birth registration for a child born as a result of fertilisation procedure if both parents were in a married or de facto relationship at the time of the procedure, and the father must have consented to the procedure.
Both women in a married or same-sex de facto relationship can be recognised as parents on a child's birth certificate. Where a woman is in a married or same-sex de facto relationship, the other mother can be added to the birth registration.
Each parent must provide at least three forms of ID from the list below with the application. At least one form of ID must be from Category 1 and must contain your full name, date of birth and place of birth. The other forms of ID (at least two) must be provided from Category 2 and 3, or 3 and 4. If you are unable to comply with these requirements contact us for further advice.
If born in Australia:
Record of immigration status:
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 Registry agents.
For detailed information about certificate turnaround time see Processing times.
You can apply to add a parent's details by post, or in person.
Apply in person
Download Add a parent to a birth application - PDF