Add the father to your child's birth registration

Normally the parents of children born in Queensland register their child’s birth together—so the birth certificate will show both the mother and father’s details.

However, if only the mother’s details are shown, you can apply to add your child’s biological father’s details at any time.

When you apply to add your child’s biological father to their birth registration and certificate:

  • your names will be recorded on your child’s birth certificate as ‘mother’ and ‘father'
  • your child’s surname will stay the same as registered and as shown on their birth certificate—see changing your child’s name before they turn 18 to change their surname
  • you will need to return the old certificate to us for a replacement, if you have one.

Applications to change or add a father are assessed individually and, in certain circumstances, we may require a parentage order from a supreme court.

We will not post a replacement certificate unless you return a certificate or buy a new one.

If your child was born before 1 June 2010 and you would like to add a same-sex female parent, contact us.

How to apply

To add your child’s biological father, you need to:

  1. Complete, download and print the registration form.
  2. Have your supporting documents certified by a Justice of the Peace or another authorised person.
  3. Attach certified proof of ID documents for each parent.
  4. Attach additional supporting documents, if required.
  5. Have another adult (18 or older) witness your signatures on the declaration section.
  6. Pay the fee.
  7. Submit your registration form, the certified documents, your payment and the birth certificate you want amended (if available, for free replacement) to us by post or in person.

By post

Post your completed registration form with your certified documents to:

Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
PO Box 15188

In person

Visit the Brisbane registry customer service centre at Level 32, 180 Ann Street, Brisbane with your completed registration form and your original proof of ID and supporting documents.

Pay the fee

You will need to work out the total cost of your order and make sure you pay the correct amount.
You can pay:

  • at the customer service centre
    • by EFTPOS or credit card
    • 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.

We will accept cash at the customer service centre, but prefer contactless payments such as EFTPOS or credit card.

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

We do not accept personal cheques.

Application fees

Add the father after registration of birth (return birth certificate for free replacement) $20.30
Standard birth certificate (standard postage included) $50.40

Postage fees

Standard postage is included in the price when you apply for a certificate to be sent by mail.

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

Express post $7.15
Registered mail $5.40
International registered post $17.70

Contact us

Online: Our general enquiry form.

By phone: Local call* 13 QGOV (13 74 68)

International +61 7 3328 4811 (+10 hours UTC)

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

*Costs may be higher from mobile phones and interstate.