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Apply for Certificates
Options to apply
Apply by post, in person or online. Certificates delivered by Registered Post, except Family History.
Times commence when applications are received and in full compliance with Registry requirements.
Fees for Products and Services
Prices listed are for postal delivery. Standard certificate includes Birth, Death, Marriage, Relationship, Replace a Change of Name and Single Status. Commemorative Birth or Marriage Certificate Package (includes a standard certificate).
Birth registration requirements.
You can apply online for a Birth certificate. This is the official certified copy of the registration held by the Registry, and is commonly used to help establish a person's identity.
Amend birth certificate
Correct an entry, or add a parent.
Records of legal adoptions in NSW.
Stillbirths & early pregnancy loss
Information about stillbirths and recognition of early pregnancy loss.
The Registry records all deaths that occur in NSW. Funeral directors are required to register deaths within 7 days of burial or cremation. The Supreme Court handles probate.
Determines if a deceased person is recorded as being a parent.
You can apply online for a Death certificate. This is the official certified copy of the registration held by the Registry. For deaths over 30 years ago, if you don't require a certificate for official use, see Family History.
Marriages & Relationships
The Registry records all marriages that occur in NSW. More about: Getting married; Registering a marriage; Changing your name after marriage; and Divorce.
Ideal for couples seeking an affordable option for a simple and intimate marriage ceremony.
You can apply online for a Marriage certificate. This is the official certified copy of the registration and is usually sufficient evidence to have personal documentation, such as your driver's licence and passport, changed to your married surname.
Single Status certificate
May be required if you intend to be married overseas or if you are returning to your country of residence to be married. It certifies that you have not been married in NSW during a specified period.
Provides legal recognition for a couple, regardless of their sex.
Change of Name
Persons who are under the supervision of the Commissioner of Corrective Services, the Mental Health Review Tribunal, or the NSW Police Commissioner, must obtain approval from that authority before making an application.
Changing your name after marriage
If you were married in Australia a formal Change of Name is not required if you wish to take your spouse's name. A Standard Marriage certificate is usually sufficient evidence to have personal documentation, changed to your married surname.
You can apply online to replace a Change of Name certificate if it was previously registered in NSW.
There may be occasions when you need to amend the details on a birth, death, marriage or other certificate.
Add a parent to a birth
You may "Apply to add a parent to a birth certificate" for a birth that occurred in NSW.
Correct an entry
You may "Apply to correct an entry" for a NSW registration. This does not include: changing a child's name; adding a parent's details; or amending "family history" records.
Change of sex
Having undergone a sex affirmation procedure, a person may: Apply to record a change of sex; or Apply for a recognised details certificate.
Family History Search
Family History Search
We have over 18 million Family History records going back to 1788. Our online search engine allows unrestricted searching, with no identification required for: Births over 100 years ago; Deaths over 30 years ago; Marriages over 50 years ago.
Tracing your family tree
Certificates have information not just about the subject of that registration but also other family members. For example, a death certificate has the deceased person's name, their age at death and often their occupation.
Certificates evolved from quill and ink, to today's computerised data.
Some of the prominent (or notorious) Australians in our historical records.
Other useful sites
Australian and international resources.
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