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If you believe an error has been made on your certificate you can apply to correct an entry. This does not include
changing a child's name, adding a parent's details, or amending family history records.
Registry records are historic documents and can usually only be amended to reflect information that was correct at the time of the event. Names or addresses of parents, their ages, occupations or places of birth or marriage will not be updated to reflect more recent circumstances.
You must provide supporting documents with your application to confirm the correct information. Photocopies confirming the correct information may include:
You must provide at least 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.
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 a Registry agent. Certificates can be collected in person when you lodge at a
For detailed information about certificate turnaround time see Processing times.
You can apply to correct an entry by post, or in person.
Correct an entry application [Fillable PDF 275kb]
Apply in person