Your birth certificate is an important personal document. It's proof of identity for many purposes, such as claiming government benefits, enrolling in school and applying for a passport or driver licence.

Before you can get a birth certificate, the birth needs to be registered in Victoria. See Register a birth.

We'll ask you for the following information during the application process:

1. Details of the person named on the certificate

At minimum, you'll be asked for:

  • First name
  • Family name
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Name and date of birth of the mother
  • Name and date of birth of the second parent (if applicable).

2. Proof of your identify

In most cases, you can prove your identity with certified copies of your driver licence and Medicare card.

Example drivers licenceExample medicare card

Alternatively, there are other ways to prove your identity.

3. Proof that you're eligible to get the certificate

If you're applying for your own certificate, you only need to provide proof of your identity.

If you're applying for someone else's certificate, you also need to prove that you're authorised to do so. See Get someone else's birth certificate.

How long will it take for my application to be processed?

Processing start date Processing time Pick up/delivery
Date received

Full application
with eligibility and
proof of identity documents

10 business days Pickup
595 Collins Street
Melbourne

or

6 days
Australia post

Track the progress of your certificate

Additional copies

If you applied for more than one copy of a birth certificate, each will be posted separately for security reasons, unless you asked for them to be sent by Registered Post.

We'll post them all on the same day, but bear in mind that Australia Post may deliver them on different days.

Commemorative certificates

Since they're not official identity documents, commemorative certificates are sent by standard post and will arrive separately from your standard birth certificate. They're packaged and sent by our community service partner in Brunswick.

Certificate fees

Standard certificate Commemorative certificate Certificate package for newborns
(Standard + Commemorative)
$32.40 $60.00 $60.00
Accepted as an official Australian birth certificate. Not accepted as an official Australian birth certificate.

For decorative purposes only.

 

If you order a commemorative certificate when you register your child's birth (when you complete the BRS), you get a standard birth certificate at no extra cost.

Postage fees

Postage - see Australia Post (External link) for product details Price

Australia

 
Standard post/Handling $1.00

Registered post (Standard)

Note: We do no send commemorative certificates by Registered post.

$7.30

Express post

Note: 

  • We do not send commemorative certificates by Express post.
  • This is not a priority service fee - standard Turnaround times still apply.
$7.70

Outside Australia

 
Airmail (Standard post) $3.60
Express Courier International $52.00

 

Commemorative birth certificates are decorative mementos of the birth of your child. Unlike standard birth certificates, they're not a legal document and can't be used for official purposes.

Our commemorative birth certificates have been designed by local artists to celebrate your child's birth in a unique and lasting way. Each certificate is printed on archival quality paper and fits a standard frame size of 280mm x 355mm (11" x 14").

You can apply for a commemorative birth certificate when you order a standard birth certificate [ANCOR LINK] or when you register the birth. Choose from the following designs when you apply: