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A section 50 search is used to find beneficiaries of a deceased person's estate so that assets can be distributed. Under Section 50 of the
Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995 (NSW), a Section 50 search certifies whether or not the deceased person is recorded as being a parent of any children.
You can apply for a section 50 search if you are an executor, administrator or trustee of the estate of a deceased person. If the deceased person was born overseas, only their time spent as a resident in NSW will be searched. Searches can be conducted for deceased females from ages 12 to 60, and for males from age 12 until death.
All legal practitioners who apply for a section 50 search must provide:
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 detail information about certificate turnaround time see Processing times.
Download a Section 50 search application [Fillable PDF 388kb]Apply in person