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Applying for a birth certificate

You can get a Queensland birth certificate if you or the person you are applying for were born or adopted (and registered) in the state—fill in the birth certificate application form for your first birth certificate, a replacement birth certificate or a commemorative birth certificate package.

We do not send a certificate when a birth is registered—you will need to buy one.

If you were born or adopted outside of 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 certificates—standard and commemorative. Only a standard birth certificate can be used for official purposes.

From time to time, we release limited edition commemorative birth certificates. We are currently offering limited edition ANZAC commemorative certificates.

Commemorative birth certificate packages include a standard birth certificate.

How to apply

There are 2 ways to apply.

To pay online by MasterCard or Visa, you need to:

  1. Check that you are eligible to apply.
  2. Fill in the birth certificate application form and pay the application fee.
  3. Print the email sent to the email address you give us when you apply.
  4. Get your supporting document certified by a Justice of the Peace or another authorised person.
  5. Attach your certified proof of ID documents to your printed email receipt.
  6. Attach additional supporting documents, if required.
  7. Submit your email receipt and certified documents to us by post or at the counter.

To pay by cheque, cash or money order, you need to:

  1. Check that you are eligible to apply.
  2. Fill in the birth certificate application form.
  3. Print the application form sent to the email address you give us when you fill in the online application form.
  4. Get your supporting document certified by a Justice of the Peace or another authorised person.
  5. Attach your certified proof of ID documents.
  6. Attach additional supporting documents, if required.
  7. Submit your application form, along with payment and certified documents, to us by post or at the counter.

By post

Post your completed application form, or printed email with your receipt number (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 in the mail.

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

  • Non-urgent applications have an average processing time of 5 business days (no additional fee)
  • Urgent certificates can be processed in 2 business days ($25.90)

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 email with your receipt number (if you paid online), your original proof of ID and other supporting documents.

If you submit your correctly filled out application at the Brisbane registry counter 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 ($25.90) 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:

  • Non-urgent applications have an average processing time of 5 business days (no additional fee)
  • Urgent certificates can be processed in 2 business days ($25.90)

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

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 counter
    • 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.

Commemorative birth certificate designs

Application fees

Item Cost

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

$57
Standard birth certificate (standard postage included) $43.50

Late registration fee for outside 60 day registration period

$4.65
Urgent application $25.90

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.

Item Cost
Express post $5.75
Registered mail $4.50
Air mail $2.75
International registered post $14.90
International express post $15.90
International Air Mail for commemorative certificates $9.05

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.

Contact us

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

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

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

*Costs may be higher from mobile phones and interstate.

Get the PDF application form

If you are unable to complete the application form online, you can use the PDF application form and apply by post or in person.

Get the birth certificate/extract application form.

Do it online

Buy a Queensland commemorative birth certificate without a standard birth certificate.

If the birth is not registered yet, fill in the register a birth and apply for a certificate application form.

Correct a certificate

Find out how to change incorrect or missing information from the time of the event.

Request a review of the certificate

Last updated
17 May 2016

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