When can I expect my certificate?

Last updated Monday 8 February 2016 

Certificate type                                

Processing time*

Birth certificates
15 business days
Birth certificates for newborns
40 business days
Marriage certificates
15 business days
Marriage certificates for newly married couples
52 business days
Change of name certificates
75 business days

* add up to 6 days for Australia Post's Regular Post service.

Check the status of your application or view all our certificate turnaround times.

Multiple birth certificates ordered

If you ordered more than one copy of a birth certificate at the time you registered your baby's birth, each will be sent in its own envelope (except Registered Post). This will provide greater protection for the information contained within your certificates. While the certificates ordered will leave BDM premises all on the same day, Australia Post may deliver the envelopes on different days.


Opening hours

Open 8am - 4pm

Monday to Friday
(excluding public holidays)

Limited services 12pm - 4pm

Payment methods

Peak time 11am - 3pm

Wait times may be 2 hours or more during peak times

BDM Service Centre

Ground floor
595 Collins Street

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