You are here:

About us

Established in 1853, the role of the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages is to:

  • record in perpetuity all births, adoptions, marriages and deaths occurring in the state of Victoria
  • register domestic and caring relationships for people who ordinarily reside in Victoria
  • register changes of name for people who were born or reside in Victoria
  • provide certificates of the above events to individuals.

The Registry also:

  • provides family history resources
  • maintains the Central Register and Voluntary Register, which hold information about people who are connected to donor treatment procedures
  • offers a civil marriage service through the Victorian Marriage Registry
  • collects and disseminates statistical information to authorised agencies.


Proof of identity

Find the Registry's proof of identity requirements for certificate applications and corrections.

History of the Registry

Find out about the founding of the Victorian Registry and the vision that continues today.

Be ID Aware

With the rise of identity-related crimes it is important to keep personal details safe and secure at all times.

Legislation and policies

The Registry's operations are governed by a number of State and Commonwealth Acts and Regulations, as well as the Registry's operation policies.


Find out how many births, marriages or deaths were registered in Victoria each year since 2004.