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Applying for a birth certificate

You should use this application form to get a Queensland birth certificate, a replacement birth certificate or a commemorative birth certificate package—if you or the person you are applying for were born or adopted (and registered) in the state.

You must register the birth of your child before you can get a birth certificate. We do not automatically send a certificate when a birth is registered. You need to buy one.

There are 2 types of birth certificate—standard and commemorative. Only a standard birth certificate can be used for official purposes. You can use your standard birth certificate when applying to government agencies and banks.

Commemorative birth certificate packages include a standard birth certificate.

If you were born or adopted outside of Queensland, contact the registering authority interstate or overseas to get your certificate.

How to apply

It will take you about 10 minutes to fill in this application form.

  1. Answer the questions.
  2. Choose how you would like to pay the fee.
  3. Review your details.
  4. Read the email we send you to find out how to finalise your application.
  5. Get your proof of ID documents certified by a Justice of the Peace or another authorised person.
  6. Submit your proof of ID by post or in person.

By post

Post your completed application form, or printed order receipt (if you paid online), with your certified documents to:

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

We will begin to process your application when we receive your documents.

Processing timeframes for correctly filled out applications that have all the required proof of ID and supporting documents (if needed) are:

  • 5 business days for non-urgent certificate applications (average processing time—no additional fee)
  • 2 business days for urgent certificate applications ($28.70)

Please allow extra time for Australia Post to deliver your birth certificate to your address.

In person

Visit any of the following locations:

Bring your completed application form, or printed order receipt (if you paid online), your original proof of ID and other supporting documents (if needed).

If you submit your correctly filled out application at the Brisbane registry customer service centre and the birth has already been registered, the certificate will be given to you immediately, unless registered before 1941.

If the birth was registered before 1941, the certificate will be ready after 2.30pm the next business day. Urgent certificates ($28.70) can be ready in 3 hours (or the next business day if you apply after 1.30pm).

Processing timeframes for correctly filled out applications that are submitted at a Queensland Magistrates Court or QGAP office with all the required proof of ID and supporting documents (if needed) are:

  • 5 business days for non-urgent certificate applications (average processing time—no additional fee)
  • 2 business days for urgent certificate applications ($28.70)

Please allow extra time for Australia Post to deliver your birth certificate to your address.

JPs in the Community—online orders only

When you buy a birth certificate online you can show your proof of ID in person by visiting a participating JPs in the Community location:

Bring your printed order receipt (if you paid online), your original proof of ID and other supporting documents (if needed).

Processing times remain the same, and start from when you have verified your ID.

Pay the fee

The total cost is calculated when you fill in the application form online.
You can pay:

  • online
    • by credit card (Visa or MasterCard)
  • at the customer service centre
    • by EFTPOS or credit card
    • with cash
    • with a business account cheque
    • with a bank cheque
    • with a money order
  • through the mail
    • by credit card
    • with a business account cheque
    • with a bank cheque
    • with a money order.

Make cheques and money orders payable to 'Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages'.

We do not accept personal cheques.

Application fees

ItemCost

Commemorative birth certificate package (1 standard birth certificate and standard postage included)

$63.00
Standard birth certificate (standard postage included) $48.20

Late registration fee for outside 60 day registration period

$5.10
Urgent application $28.70

Postage fees

Standard postage is included in the price 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.

ItemCost
Express post $6.40
Registered mail $5.00
International registered post $16.10

Contact us

Email bdm-mail@justice.qld.gov.au, we reply to online enquiries within 2 business days.

Local call* 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
International +61 7 3405 0985 (+10 hours UTC)

(Phone lines open Monday–Friday, 8.30am–4.30pm)

*Costs may be higher from mobile phones and interstate.