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Apply for a birth certificate
How to apply
The easiest and most efficient way to apply for your, or your child's (if under 18 years) birth certificate is to apply online (external link).
You can also apply by mail, or in person at our Melbourne Customer Service Centre (CSC) or at selected Victorian Justice Service Centres (JSCs). To apply by mail or in person, you will need to download and complete a birth certificate application form.
Turnaround times vary depending on how you apply.
Make sure you:
- Fill out the whole application form.
- Submit all required proof of identity documents (see the application form or proof of identity page for more details).
- Online or mail: Submit certified photocopies of each document. See the proof of identity page for advice on how to get your photocopies certified.
- In person: Submit either original proof of identity documents or certified photocopies.
- Provide the required application fee. You can pay by:
- Online: Visa or MasterCard.
- Mail: Visa, MasterCard, money order or personal cheque.
- In person: Cash, EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, money order or personal cheque.
About birth certificates
You can use a standard birth certificate as a proof of identity document for official purposes, such as claiming government benefits, enrolling a child in childcare or school, or getting a passport or driver licence.
We can only issue a birth certificate once the birth is registered in Victoria.
If you or your child was born outside Victoria, contact the Registry office of the state, territory or country where the birth happened.
New parents note. We do not automatically issue a birth certificate when you register your child's birth. To get your child's birth certificate, make sure you fill out Part Two of the Birth Registration Statement (provided by your hospital or midwife) and provide payment.
We recommend you keep all Registry-issued documents safe and secure.