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Key info

  • To apply for a certificate, the birth must be registered in Tasmania.
  • A birth certificate can be used to show proof of identity, such as when you apply for a passport.
  • A birth certificate application usually takes about 2 weeks.
  • There is a priority service online and at some service centres.

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About applying for a birth certificate

A birth certificate is an official, certified copy of the birth registration details held by Births, Deaths and Marriages.

You can apply for a certificate with or without gender and change of name details.

You can also apply for a decorative certificate. Decorative certificates cannot be used as proof of identity.

How to apply

OnlineService CentrePost
Births, Deaths and MarriagesFind your nearest Service CentreRegistry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
30 Gordons Hill Road

Priority service

A priority service is available online and at some service centres.


Approved applications can be issued the same day by registered or express post.

Service centre

If you lodge a priority application at one of the following service centres, it can be printed onsite, ready for you to collect.

  • Burnie
  • Devonport
  • Hobart
  • Huonville
  • Launceston
  • Scottsdale
  • Sorell

Certificates can be printed on-site within 2 hours once the application is submitted.

You must collect your certificate with your identification and receipt.

What you need to apply

You must have the following:

  • details of the person's birth
  • personal and contact information
  • proof of identity documents
  • documents showing your permission to apply (PDF, 416KB) for the birth certificate (if applicable)
  • additional documents that apply to the executor of estate, administrator or trustee or power of attorney (if applicable)
  • payment for the fee.

If you are applying by post or at a service centre, you must complete a birth certificate application (PDF, 2.2MB).

Can I apply?

To apply for a certificate, the birth must be registered in Tasmania. If you were born interstate or overseas, please visit Births, Deaths and Marriages for information on other Australian and overseas registries.

You can apply for your own birth certificate. Other people who can apply include:

  • a child's parent
  • a person's child (proof of relationship must be provided)
  • a child's legal guardian (non-parent guardians must provide proof)
  • the person's current partner (proof of the relationship must be provided, such as a marriage or significant relationship certificate)
  • an executor of their estate, administrator or trustee - proof of authority must be provided
  • someone with written authority or power of attorney -  proof of authority (PDF, 416KB) must be provided.

Only the registered person or the parents of the registered person (if they are under 16 years) can apply for a certificate showing gender and change of name details, unless the registered person has died or is unable to do it themselves.

    Proving your identity

    There are 3 ways you can prove your identity:

    • online (documents marked with an asterisk (*) can be verified by our online document verification service)
    • by showing your original identity documents at a service centre
    • by sending certified copies of your identity documents by post.

    You must provide one of these combinations of current documents:

    • One document from category 1, 2 and 3
    • Two documents from category 2 and one from category 1 or 3
    • Two documents from category 3 and one from category 1 or 2.

    At least one document must show your current address.

    • *An Australian birth certificate
    • *Citizenship certificate
    • Immicard
    • New Zealand citizenship certificate together with passport
    • New Zealand birth certificate.

    • *Australian driver licence
    • *Australian passport
    • Firearms licence
    • Foreign passport
    • Proof of age card.

    • *Medicare card
    • *Australian marriage certificate (issued from Births Deaths and Marriages office)
    • Centrelink or Department of Veteran Affairs card
    • Security/crowd control licence
    • Tertiary education institution ID card
    • Credit card/bank statement
    • Recent utility account with current residential address (issued within last 3 months)
    • Lease or rent agreement with current address
    • Australian Taxation Office assessment with current address.

    If you have changed your name please provide proof from the list below of each name change. This is so we can link your current name to the name recorded on the birth record.

    • Adoption paper issued by court
    • Divorce paper issued by court, indicating the name being reverted to
    • Change of name registration from Australia or overseas issuing authority
    • Guardianship order
    • Relationship certificate (not required if registered in Tasmania)
    • Marriage certificate from Australia or overseas issuing authority (not required if registered in Tasmania).

    • If you submit a printed online bank, superannuation or utility statement, they must be:
      • on official company letterhead, or
      • stamped and approved by the bank, superannuation or utility company.
    • Financial statements, utility accounts, rates notices or superannuation fund statements must have been issued with the last 12 months.

    • If you live overseas, you can provide overseas' equivalents to Australian identity documents, such as a foreign driver licence.
    • Documents that are not written in English must be accompanied by a translation from a national accredited translation authority.

    How much it costs

    Type of certificateDescriptionCost

    Standard certificate

    Fee for an official birth, death, marriage, change of name or relationship certificate.


    Priority Service (posted)

    This service ensures that an approved and completed application is processed and issued within 24 hours.


    Priority Service (same day collection)

    This service ensures that an approved and completed application is processed within two hours (in service centre opening hours). This service is only available at the Hobart, Sorell, Launceston, Devonport, Burnie, Scottsdale and Huonville service centres.


    Decorative birth certificate

    You cannot use a decorative certificate for official purposes, such as proof of identity.


    Standard birth and decorative package

    A standard birth certificate and a decorative birth certificate.


    Extended search

    A standard certificate application includes a 5 year search. There is an extra fee ($18.70) for every additional 5 years searched.


    Medical certificate of cause of death (post 1970 deaths only)

    A certified copy of the original medical certificate showing cause of death only.


    Postage costs

    There are additional costs that apply for certificate postage.

    Postage TypeCost

    Express Post (within Australia)


    International Registered Postage


    International Standard Air Mail


    Fees and charges last updated 1 July, 2022.

    Payment options

    OnlineVisa LogoMasterCard Logo
    Service CentreCash IconCheque IconMoney Order IconDebit and EFTPOS IconVisa LogoMasterCard Logo
    PostCheque IconMoney Order IconVisa LogoMasterCard Logo

    Please note: Personal cheques are not accepted for the priority service

    More Information

    • Pre-adoption birth records are open to the child with authorisation under Section 80 of the Adoption Act 1988 (form 17).
    • Anyone can access a birth record of more than 100 years old.

    Please visit Births, Deaths and Marriages for more information on applying for a birth certificate.