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Applying for a birth certificate

Applying for a birth certificate

You can apply for a Queensland birth certificate if you or the person you are applying for were born or adopted (and registered) in the state. If you were born outside Queensland, contact the registering authority interstate or overseas.

Your standard birth certificate is a recognised identity document and may be used when:

There are 2 types of certificate—standard and commemorative. Only standard certificates can be used to prove your identity.

From time to time, we release limited edition commemorative certificates. We are currently offering limited edition ANZAC commemorative certificates—find out how to apply for one.

How to apply

To apply for a birth certificate, you need to:

  • Fill in all sections of the birth certificate application form (PDF, 157 KB).
  • Include proof of eligibility
  • Attach your identity documents
  • Pay the application fee
  • Pay the urgent fee (if required)
  • Pay the return postage fee (if required)

Get it right

Your application will take longer if your documents and payments are not correct.

Remember to:

  • choose between a standard or commemorative birth certificate package 
  • calculate the return postage
  • total all fees in 1 payment
  • check your credit card details and expiry date
  • certify identity documents
  • include approvals and eligibility documents
  • allow extra time for Australia Post

By post

Post your application to:

Births, Deaths and Marriages
PO Box 15188
CITY EAST QLD 4002

Certificates take 10 business days—or 2 business days for urgent applications.

Over the counter

Visit the Brisbane Registry at 110 George Street to apply. Certificates will be ready after 2.30pm the next business day. Urgent certificates are ready in 3 hours (or the next business day if you apply after 1.30pm).

If you do not live in Brisbane, you can apply for a birth certificate at your Queensland Magistrates Court or Queensland Government Agent Program (QGAP) office. Certificates take:

  • 2 business days for Magistrates Court (no urgent applications)
  • 5 business days or 2 business days for urgent applications for QGAP office.

Fees

Item Cost

Commemorative birth certificate package—includes one standard birth certificate (standard postage included)

$55.00
Standard birth certificate (standard postage included) $42.00

Late registration fee for outside 60 day registration period

$4.50
Urgent application $25.00

Payment methods

Pay by cash, cheque, credit card (Visa and MasterCard) or money order. Make cheques or money orders payable to the ‘Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages’.

Postage fees

Postage is included when you order a certificate to be sent by mail.

You can request to have your certificate posted by express or registered post for a fee.

Item Cost
Express post $5.75
Registered mail $4.30
Air mail $2.60
International registered post $14.40
International express post $15.35
International Air Mail for commemorative certificates $8.95

Australian passport office

You can pay an additional $7.10 fee to get your certificate faxed to the Australian passport office. Certificates will be faxed by 4.30pm the next business day, or the same business day if you pay the urgent fee. The Brisbane registry, your Queensland Magistrates Court or Queensland Government Agent Program (QGAP) office offer this service.

Change of sex on certificate

If you have had a sex change and were born or adopted in Queensland, you can apply to have your new sex noted on your birth or adoption certificate. You must be over 18 and not married. If you are married you must get divorced to apply. If you are under 18, your parent or guardian can apply on your behalf.

To do this, you need to:

  • Fill in the note a change of sex in a birth or adoption register application form online, or download the change of sex application form (PDF, 201 KB).  
  • Supply statutory declarations from 2 doctors.
  • Provide your original birth certificate and identity documents.
  • Pay the fee.
  • Include the return postage fee (if required).

Proof of eligibility

You can apply for a birth certificate for yourself or on behalf of another person. If you are not applying for yourself or your child, you need written approval from the person you are applying for.

Learn about how to be eligible to apply for another person’s birth certificate (PDF, 226.4 KB).

If the birth took place more than 100 years ago, anyone can apply for the certificate without proof of ID. Find out more about historical certificates.

Proof of ID (identification)

The ID you provide must be current and include a photo and signature. It must show your current address.

You must provide at least 1 form of ID from each category below, or, provide 2 forms of ID from community and 1 from home address evidence category below which includes a signature.

Types of ID (categories)

Personal ID

  • Driver licence
  • Australian passport
  • Overseas passport
  • Firearms licence
  • Defence force or police identification card
  • Proof of Age Card

Community ID

  • Medicare card
  • Debit or credit card
  • Entitlement card from the federal or state government
  • Student card or statement of enrolment
  • School or other educational report from the last 12 months
  • Identity document from a passport office
  • Naturalisation, citizenship or immigration papers
  • Full birth certificate
  • Security guard licence

Home address evidence

  • Gas, electricity, home phone, car registration or rates account
  • Bank statement
  • Rent or lease agreement
  • Driver licence renewal notice
  • Official government letter not from this agency

Certified and translated identity documents

As part of establishing proof of identity, copies of documents submitted to the Registry in support of an application must be certified as a true and correct copy by a qualified witness.

  • justice of the peace
  • commissioner for declarations
  • barrister or solicitor
  • notary public.

For documents not in English, you must provide a translation from a translator accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NATTI).

For more information

You can ask Births, Deaths and Marriages about your birth certificate application.

Online

Email bdm-mail@justice.qld.gov.au. Online enquiries are replied to within 2 business days.

By phone

Call 1300 366 430 (Monday–Friday, 8.30am–4.30pm).

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Last updated
3 November 2014

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