Register a birthIf you've recently given birth in Victoria, you'll need to register your newborn baby with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. All births must be registered within 60 days of the child being born. There is no fee to register.

Register your baby's birth to:

  • Create an official public record of your child's identity and begin your child's future
  • Access many public facilities and services such as school, Medicare and Centrelink
  • Help exercise your rights and responsibilities in relation to the child
  • Enable the child to access their record once they're 18

When you register the birth, you don't automatically get a birth certificate. You can order a certificate at the time of registration or order one separately later. We suggest you discuss this with the other parent.

If your child is born outside of Victoria find out how you should register their birth.

What we need from you

We'll ask you for the following information during the application process:

1. Details of the child

At minimum, you'll be asked for:

  • The names of the child
  • Date of birth
  • Sex of the child
  • The place of birth
  • The details of the attending medical practitioners.

2. Parent's details

Both parents will be asked to fill out their details separately. The first parent will complete their part, then we will send an email to the second parent notifying them to complete their part.

At minimum, you'll be asked for:

  • The names of both parents
  • The residential addresses of both parents
  • The relationship details of the parents
  • Any previous children from either parents

3. Donor treatment details

If the child was conceived from donated sperm or eggs we will need to know the treatment details.

Protecting your safety

We take privacy very seriously and have accommodated for this within the birth registration process.

If you can’t let the other parent know your address due to fears for your safety, submit the birth registration statement together with a statutory declaration (External link) explaining why the other parent is not participating.

BDM will need to contact the other parent. If you provide evidence of threat or violence, BDM will not pass on your contact details to the other parent without your written consent. You should attach this evidence to the birth registration statement.

If you need legal advice, contact:

Processing and delivery

How long will it take for my application to be processed?

Birth registrations usually take 20 business days.

If you have ordered a certificate you can track its progress by logging in.

Track the progress of your certificate (External link)

You will receive an email and text message when the certificate has been sent.

Fees and payment

Certificate fees

There is no fee for registering a birth.

When registering a birth you may also wish to purchase a birth certificate. 

Standard certificate Commemorative certificate Certificate package for newborns
(Standard + Commemorative)
$33.80 $60.00 $60.00
Accepted as an official Australian birth certificate. Not accepted as an official Australian birth certificate.

For decorative purposes only.

 

Order a commemorative certificate when you register your child's birth and get a standard birth certificate at no extra cost.

Postage fees

Postage - see Australia Post (External link) for product details Price

Australia

 

Registered post (recommended)

Note: You can only choose Standard post as a postage method for commemorative certificates.

$7.60
Standard post/Handling $1.00

Express post

Note: 

  • You can only choose Standard post as a postage method for commemorative certificates
  • This is not a priority service fee - standard Turnaround times still apply.
$8.00

Outside Australia

 
Airmail (Standard post) $3.80
Express Courier International $54.10

Check the Payment methods we accept

Commemorative designs

Commemorative birth certificates are decorative mementos of the birth of your child. Unlike standard birth certificates, they're not a legal document and can't be used for official purposes.

Our commemorative birth certificates have been designed by local artists to celebrate your child's birth in a unique and lasting way. Each certificate is printed on archival quality paper and fits a standard frame size of 280mm x 355mm (11" x 14").

You can apply for a commemorative birth certificate when you order a standard birth certificate or when you register the birth. Choose from the following designs when you apply: