What we need from you

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

1. Details of the person on the certificate

As a minimum, we ask for:

  • Given name and family name
  • Date and place of death.

2. The original death certificate

We ask that you return the original death certificate before we can issue a new corrected version.

If you don't have the original, you need to provide a Statutory Declaration (External link) explaining why you cannot surrender the original certificate. Learn more about how to digitise and upload documents.

You'll need to apply for a new death certificate once we've corrected the death record. 

If the original death certificate is returned, we issue a replacement certificate free of charge. If the original isn't returned, there is a fee for the new certificate.

3. Evidence to support the correction

The evidence we ask for depends on the correction you want to make.

For documents in a language other than English, provide an English translation by a qualified translator. Approved translators can be found at naati.com.au (External link) or by contacting Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 13 1450.

4. Proof of your identity

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.

Evidence required

The evidence listed below covers the most common correction requests. If you can't provide the evidence listed, send the best evidence you have available.

If we hold the evidence (e.g. a birth certificate) you don't need to provide a copy of it.


Correction Acceptable evidence

Any name on the certificate

Either a birth certificate, citizenship certificate or overseas passport relevant to the name being corrected.
Date, place or cause of death Evidence of correct information, supported by an email (first preference) or letter of consent from the certifying Doctor, the Coroner or a Treating Consultant.
Date or place of marriage Marriage certificate (interstate or overseas marriage).
Relationship status

One of the following:

  • Marriage certificate (interstate or overseas marriage)
  • Divorce certificate
  • 'No record' result from the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.
Add name of domestic partner (for deaths since 1 July 2016) Documents in both names, such as:
  • Superannuation statements
  • Tenancy agreements in both names
  • Bank statements in both names.
Remove name of domestic partner (for deaths since 1 July 2016) Statutory declaration stating you weren't in a domestic relationship with the deceased.
Previous children (names or ages)

One of the following:

  • Birth certificate (Australian or overseas)
  • Citizenship certificate (Australian or overseas)
  • Overseas passport.


Processing and delivery

How long will it take for a corrected certificate to be issued?

Processing start date Processing time Pick up/delivery
Date received

Full application
with proof of identity and evidence

20 working days Pickup
595 Collins Street


6 days
Australia post

Track the progress of your corrected certificate (External link)

Fees and payment

If the original death certificate is returned If the original death certificate IS NOT returned
No fee $33.80

The price of a standard death certificate applies

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



Registered post (recommended)

Standard post/Handling $1.00

Express post

Note: This is not a priority service fee - standard Turnaround times still apply.


Outside Australia

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

Check the Payment methods we accept