Birth certificates

It's important to have a birth certificate.

You may need your child's birth certificate to apply for:

  • access to healthcare and other government services
  • entry to childcare, kindy or school
  • a sporting club
  • a driver licence.

You may need your own birth certificate if you want to apply for:

  • access to government services
  • a tax file number
  • a bank account
  • an Australian passport.

How to get a birth certificate

If you have just had a new bub

It’s important to register the birth of your bub with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. The hospital doesn’t do it for you, but it’s free and easy.

Register your bub before they’re 8 weeks old (that's within 60 days) if they were born in Queensland—register a new birth.

Once bub is registered, you can buy a birth certificate which is an important document that every Queenslander needs.

Register your bub because our kids count.

Deadly Choices birth certificate initiative

The Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages are proud to be partnered with the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) and Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Services (TAIHS) to promote the popular Deadly Choices commemorative birth certificates and to remind new parents to register their child.

Learn more about the Deadly Choices birth certificate initiative.

If you need your or your child’s birth certificate

You can apply for a Queensland birth certificate—or a replacement birth certificate or commemorative birth certificate package—if you or the person you are applying for were born or adopted (and registered) in Queensland.

Learn how to apply for a birth certificate.

Community visits

We visit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to help with registering bubs’ births and to help parents get birth certificates.

Come and have a yarn with us to get some help with applications.

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