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Accessing certificates in hardship situations

It may be possible to get one of your Queensland certificates without paying the application fee—if you are experiencing financial hardship and have an immediate need for it. Each request is considered on its own merit.

A separate application must be completed for each person needing a fee-waived certificate.

If your application is approved, we will send your certificate for free by standard post.

It is possible to apply for a fee-waived Queensland certificate of:

  • birth
  • change of name
  • marriage or civil partnership
  • death.

Before you apply, read our policy about asking for a certificate fee to be waived.

Request certificates

Fill in the details below to request a fee-waived certificate.

You must submit your application to us, along with:

  1. evidence of financial hardship and immediate need for the person named on the certificate
  2. proof of ID for the person who is applying
  3. evidence that you are eligible to apply, if applying for a family member's certificate of:

    *
  1. Who is applying? Your current name
    1. I declare that *

    Your home address
  2. Is your postal address the same as your home address? *
  3. (If you chose 'No' above)
    1. Your postal address
  4. Order details
      Proof of ID and evidence of financial hardship and immediate need must be submitted. When submitting by post, get your documents certified by a Justice of the Peace or another authorised person.
    1. How will you submit your application, supporting documents and proof of ID? *
  5. (If you chose 'Another person' above)
  6. You must submit additional supporting eligibility documents along with your proof of ID, and your evidence of financial hardship and immediate need.
  7. Type of certificate(s) *
    1. What type of certificate(s) do you have an immediate need for?
  8. Type of certificate(s) *
    1. What type of certificate(s) do you have an immediate need for?
  9. Type of certificate(s) *
    1. What type of certificate(s) do you have an immediate need for?
  10. Your birth certificate details
    These are the details that are shown on your birth certificate.
    1. Place of birth or adoption
      1. QLD
      2. Your name at birth
      3. If you don't have a family name and only use the name above, enter n/a.
    2. Your mother's details
    3. These are your mother's details as shown on your birth certificate.
      1. This is your mother's family name at the time of her birth. If your mother didn't have a family name at birth, enter n/a.
      You father or registered parent's details
      These are your father or parent's details as shown on your birth certificate.
      1. If your father or parent doesn't have a family name and only uses the name above, enter n/a.
    4. Reason you need this certificate
    5. View what evidence you must provide.
    6. View what evidence you must provide.
  11. Your replacement change of name certificate details
    Your change of name must already be registered in Queensland.
    1. Your new name
    2. If your change of name was registered without a family name, enter n/a.
    Reason you need this certificate
  12. Your marriage or civil partnership certificate details
    Your marriage or civil partnership must already be registered in Queensland.
    1. Place of marriage or civil partnership
      1. QLD
      2. Partner 1's name
      3. This is the family name before marriage or civil partnership. If partner 1 didn't have a family name and only used the name above, enter n/a.
      4. Partner 2's name
      5. This is the family name before marriage or civil partnership. If partner 2 didn't have a family name and only used the name above, enter n/a.
    Reason you need this certificate
  13. Child's birth certificate details
    Your child's birth must already be registered in Queensland and these are the details as shown on the birth certificate you are applying for.
    1. Place of birth or adoption
      1. QLD
      2. Child's name registered at birth
      3. If the birth was registered without a family name and only shows the name above, enter n/a.
    2. Mother's details
    3. These are the mother's details as shown on the birth certificate.
      1. This is your mother's family name at the time of her birth. If your mother didn't have a family name at birth, enter n/a.
      Father or registered parent's details
      These are the father or parent's details as shown on the birth certificate.
      1. If your father or parent doesn't have a family name and only uses the name above, enter n/a.
    4. Reason you need this certificate
    5. View what evidence you must provide.
    6. View what evidence you must provide.
  14. Child's replacement change of name certificate details
    The change of name must already be registered in Queensland.

    Check to see if you need to submit additional supporting eligibility documents for us to send you this certificate.
    1. Your child's new name
    2. If your change of name was registered without a family name, enter n/a.
    Reason you need this certificate
  15. Child's marriage or civil partnership certificate details
    The marriage or civil partnership must already be registered in Queensland.

    Check to see if you need to submit additional supporting eligibility documents for us to send you this certificate.
    1. Place of marriage or civil partnership
      1. QLD
      2. Partner 1's name
      3. This is the family name before marriage or civil partnership. If partner 1 didn't have a family name and only used the name above, enter n/a.
      4. Partner 2's name
      5. This is the family name before marriage or civil partnership. If partner 2 didn't have a family name and only used the name above, enter n/a.
    Reason you need this certificate
  16. Child's death certificate details
    Your child's death must already be registered in Queensland.
    1. Place of death
      1. QLD
      2. Your child's name
      3. If your child didn't have a family name and only used the name above, enter n/a.
    Reason you need this certificate
  17. Birth certificate details
    This birth must already be registered in Queensland and these are the details as shown on the birth certificate you are applying for.

    Check what additional supporting eligibility documents you must submit for us to send you this certificate.
    1. Place of birth or adoption
      1. QLD
      2. Person's name registered at birth
      3. If the birth was registered without a family name and only shows the name above, enter n/a.
    2. Person's mother's details
    3. These are the mother's details as shown on the birth certificate.
      1. This is your mother's family name at the time of her birth. If your mother didn't have a family name at birth, enter n/a.
      Person's father or registered parent's details
      These are your father or parent's details as shown on the birth certificate.
      1. If your father or parent doesn't have a family name and only uses the name above, enter n/a.
    4. Reason you need this certificate
    5. View what evidence you must provide.
    6. View what evidence you must provide.
  18. Change of name certificate details
    The change of name must be registered in Queensland.

    Check what additional supporting eligibility documents you must submit for us to send you this certificate.
    1. Person's new name
    2. If the change of name was registered without a family name, enter n/a.
    Reason you need this certificate
  19. Marriage or civil partnership certificate details
    This marriage or civil partnership must already be registered in Queensland.

    Check what additional supporting eligibility documents you must submit for us to send you this certificate.
    1. Place of marriage or civil partnership
      1. QLD
      2. Partner 1's name
      3. This is the family name before marriage or civil partnership. If partner 1 didn't have a family name and only used the name above, enter n/a.
      4. Partner 2's name
      5. This is the family name before marriage or civil partnership. If partner 2 didn't have a family name and only used the name above, enter n/a.
    Reason you need this certificate
  20. Death certificate details
    This person's death must already be registered in Queensland.
    1. Place of death
      1. QLD
      2. Peron's name
      3. If the deceased didn't have a family name and only used the name above, enter n/a.
    Reason you need this certificate
  21. When I submit my application


  22. Privacy notice
    The Department of Justice and Attorney-General is collecting your personal information for the purpose of processing your application for a fee-waived certificate under the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 2003. We will only use your information for this purpose, or as authorised or required by law. Your personal information will be handled according to the Information Privacy Act 2009. Your information may be shared with law enforcement and government agencies, verified with government and non-government agencies for fraud prevention. Access to a certificate or information may be granted to any person who has adequate reason to obtain it and meets the requirements of the access policy.