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Register a birth

We register all babies born in Queensland—complete the birth registration application form within 60 days of your baby's birth.

We do not send a birth certificate when a birth is registered—you will need to buy one. You may need your child's birth certificate when you are applying for:

  • entry to pre-school, primary or secondary schools
  • an Australian passport.

You can choose to register your baby's birth and pay for a certificate online—or you can choose to complete the birth registration application and the birth certificate/extract application form and submit them to us by post or in person.

When applying online, only complete the online application form once. We will only process the first registration application that you submit.

Processing your baby’s registration and birth certificate application forms can take up to 10 business days. If you apply for a birth certificate when you register your baby's birth (you can do this online), we will post the certificate to you.

If your baby was delivered before 20 weeks or weighing less than 400g—we are not able to register the birth but you do have the right to commemorate your family's loss with an early pregnancy loss recognition certificate.

In the case of same sex female parents—only the birth mother can be named as the mother, the female partner must be named as the parent. If your child was born prior to 1 June 2010 and you would like to add a same sex female parent contact us.

Adoption enquiries

Register an adopted child in Queensland by contacting Adoption Services Queensland.

How to apply

To register a birth and apply for a birth certificate:

  1. Decide how you want to apply:
    1. Register a birth with an electronic signature—you can also pay for a birth certificate (if required). You will need your wallet or purse with you to verify your identity, and to pay by credit card if buying a birth certificate.
    2. Register a birth and print to sign—you can also pay for a birth certificate (if required). You will need to get another adult to witness your signatures, then deliver to us by post or in person.
    3. Download the birth registration application form—to register your baby's birth you will need to print, complete and sign your application, complete the birth certificate application form and pay for it (if required) and deliver to us by post or in person. You will need to get another adult to witness your signatures.

Urgent certificate delivery services are not available when registering your baby.

There is no fee to register your baby if it is registered within 60 days. A late registration fee of $4.80 applies for a birth registration application form received after 60 days from your baby's birth.

If you order a birth certificate with the birth registration, a fee is payable.

By post

If you choose not to complete the register a birth and apply for a certificate online, post your birth registration and certificate application forms to:

Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
PO Box 15188
City East Qld 4002.

In person

If you choose not to complete the register a birth and apply for a certificate online, visit the Brisbane registry counter at 110 George Street, Brisbane with your completed application forms to register your baby and apply for a birth certificate.

If you do not live in Brisbane, you can register your baby and apply for a birth certificate at your nearest Queensland Magistrates Court or Queensland Government Agent Program (QGAP) office. Your certificate will be posted to you.

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.

Application fees

Item or situation Cost
Late registration fee for outside 60 day registration period $4.80
Birth certificate (standard postage included) $45
Commemorative birth certificate and birth certificate (standard postage included) $59

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.

Do it online

Complete the birth registration and certificate application forms online.

Get the PDF application forms

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

Get the birth registration application form

Get the birth certificate application form

Commemorative certificate

When you apply for a commemorative birth certificate you will also receive 1 standard birth certificate in the package. There are 16 different styles of commemorative certificate available.

Popular baby names

Is your baby’s name in the top 10 girl and boy names for 2015?

Girl names

  • Charlotte
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Boy names

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Last updated
29 September 2016

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