Recognising the significance of life events

Victoria has declared a State of Emergency due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Our customer service centre and call centre are closed until further notice.

You can still apply online for certificates and registrations. Check our certificate turnaround times for how long it will take.

We are prioritising critical certificate or registration requests until further notice. For critical needs only:

  1. Apply online, then
  2. Email bdmcritical@justice.vic.gov.au (External link) with your reference number and reason(s) why it is critical.

For information about COVID-19, visit the DHHS website (External link).

The Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria has been recording significant life events for Victorians since 1853. Learn more About us and the History of the Registry.

When will I receive my certificate?

When you apply for a certificate or registration, we email you details of documents you need to provide. We can’t start processing until we’ve received them.

Once you’ve provided the documents, check our certificate turnaround times

Australian bushfires

If bushfire has destroyed your identity documents, we can replace your (Victorian) certificates for free. Email bdmcritical@justice.vic.gov.au (External link) and we will help you get them as quickly as possible.

Key services

Proving your identity

Proving your identity

We deal with personal information on a daily basis. That's why when you apply for any of our services, we ask you to prove your identity.

Our services

Our services

Apply online: it's the most convenient way to apply for a certificate or register a life event.

Supporting information

Search your family history

Search your family history

Records of births, marriages and deaths can provide unique insight into your family history and identity.

Victorian Marriage Registry

Victorian Marriage Registry

To protect against COVID-19, we have suspended all Victorian Marriage Registry wedding ceremonies until the end of June 2020.

Chinese zodiac commemorative birth certificates

Chinese zodiac commemorative birth certificates

Celebrate the birth of a child with our beautiful Chinese zodiac birth certificates. There are twelve designs, representing each year of the Chinese zodiac.