The evidence listed below covers the most common correction requests. If you can't provide the evidence listed, send the best evidence you have available.
If we hold the evidence, for example, a marriage certificate, you don't need to provide a copy of it.
Correction type and acceptable evidence
|Name on the certificate
Evidence that proves the correct name intended at the time of birth, such as:
- A baptismal certificate
- A maternal health book or baby health care book (dated within 12 months of birth)
- Any other document indicating the earliest registered name.
- Original immunisation records.
As an adult, also send forms of ID that prove the consistent use of your correct name in your lifetime.
If you can't prove the use of the corrected name from birth, a change of name is needed, rather than a correction. Likewise, additions and removals of given names need a change of name. See Change your name.
|Parent age or place of birth
||Either a birth certificate, citizenship certificate or overseas passport of the parent(s).
Evidence that proves the parent/s' occupation at the time of the birth, such as:
- A confirmation of employment letter from the employer
- Pay slips
- Pay records.
|Parents' marriage details
||Marriage certificate with the correct details.
|Previous children (names or ages)
||Birth certificate/s with the correct details.
|Add or remove a parent's name
||See Add or remove a parent's name on a birth certificate.