Your birth certificate is an important personal document. It's proof of identity for many purposes, such as claiming government benefits, enrolling in school and applying for a passport or driver licence.

Before you can get a birth certificate, the birth needs to be registered in Victoria. See Register a birth.

When ordering a certificate you will need to prove your identity.

What we need from you

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

1. Details of the person named on the certificate

At minimum, you'll be asked for:

  • Given name
  • Family name
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Name and date of birth of the mother
  • Name and date of birth of the second parent (if applicable).

2. Proof of your identity

You may be able to prove your identity online. If not you can still prove your identity in other ways. These include:

  • Taking certified copies of your identity documents to our Customer Service Centre or a Justice Service Centre
  • Mailing certified copies to us.

Acceptable documents

One of the easiest ways to prove your identity is by presenting your driver licence (if it confirms your residential address) and your Passport.

Example driver licenceExample passport

Alternatively, you can provide your driver licence, medicare card and bank card.

Example driver licenceExample Medicare cardExample bank card

Alternatively, there are other ways to prove your identity.

3. Proof that you're eligible to get the certificate

If you're applying for your own certificate, you only need to provide proof of your identity.

If you're applying for someone else's certificate, you also need to prove that you're authorised to do so. See Get someone else's birth certificate.

Processing and delivery

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

Processing start date Processing time Pick up/delivery
Date received

Full application
with eligibility and
proof of identity documents

20 business days Pickup
595 Collins Street
Melbourne

or

6 days
Australia post

Track the progress of your certificate (External link)

Additional copies

If you applied for more than one copy of a birth certificate, each will be posted separately for security reasons, unless you asked for them to be sent by Registered or Express Post.

We'll post them all on the same day, but bear in mind that Australia Post may deliver them on different days.

Commemorative certificates

Since they're not official identity documents, you can only choose standard post as a postage method for commemorative certificates. They will arrive separately from your standard birth certificate.

Certificate fees

Certificate fees

Standard certificate Commemorative certificate Certificate package for newborns only
(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.

 

If you order a commemorative certificate when you register your child's birth, you get a standard birth certificate at no extra cost.

Postage fees

Shipping fees cannot be refunded if you decide to collect your certificate(s) in person.

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: