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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
  • if you have previously stated the father is 'unknown' or a different father was stated but not registered, we will request legal DNA evidence or a parentage order from a 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. Get 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. Get another adult to witness your signatures on the declaration section of the registration form.
  6. Pay the fee.
  7. Submit your registration form, the certified documents, your payment and the birth certificate you want amended (if applicable) 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
CITY EAST QLD 4002

In person

Visit the Brisbane registry counter 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 to pay the correct amount.
You can pay:

  • 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.

Application fees

Item Cost
Add the father after registration of birth (return birth certificate for free replacement) $18.20
Standard birth certificate (standard postage included) $45.00

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.

ItemCost
Express post $6.10
Registered mail $4.90
International registered post $15.90

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.

Get the PDF application form

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

Get the application to add the father to your child's birth registration.

Last updated
27 March 2017
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