Births, deaths and marriages

Corrections to certificates

Birth, death and marriage certificates are produced from information contained in the Births, Deaths and Marriages Register.

Consumer and Business Services (CBS) can update information in the register if it's not accurate. Information such as addresses, ages and occupations are not updated to show recent information.

What you'll need

Applicants need one of these to prove their identity:

  • current Australian driver's licence
  • social security benefits entitlement card
  • current credit card
  • defence force or police service photo ID card
  • passport
  • proof of age card
  • current Australian firearms licence.

Correcting a certificate

Evidence

CBS will ask for evidence to support a correction to a certificate. Use these examples of common errors to help you work out what evidence you need to provide.

CertificateError Examples of evidence needed for a correction
Birth certificate Wrong date of birth A letter from the hospital of birth showing the correct date
Child's name spelt incorrectly A copy of baptism certificate, birth notice, early school records
Parent's name spelt incorrectly A copy of the parent’s birth certificate or passport
Death certificate, or
child's birth certificate
Date or place of marriage is incorrect A copy of the marriage certificate
Death certificate Cause of death Causes of death can only be changed by the doctor who signed the original medical certificate, or by the coroner in a coronial case

How to apply

1. Application form

Fill out and sign the application form - Application to correct an entry.

Do not use this form to change a name or to add the father or co-parent's details to an existing birth certificate.

2. Supporting evidence

Attach a copy of the proof of identity and your supporting evidence to your application.

3. Lodgement

Take your application to the CBS customer service centre or post it to:

Births, Deaths and Marriages
Consumer and Business Services
GPO Box 1351
Adelaide SA 5001

Correction fees

A fee may be charged to fix an error if incorrect information was supplied to CBS. The incorrect certificate will need to be returned.

Adding father or co-parent details to a birth certificate

The father's details can be added to a birth record if the child was conceived naturally.

The co-parent's or father's details can be added if:

  • the child was conceived with the help of a consented fertilisation procedure
  • the mother and father/co-parent have been living together as domestic partners for at least three out of four years (if they have not, fill out a Section 10C Declaration form and ensure both applicants sign it).

How to apply

1. Application form

Complete the form - Add parent's details to a birth record.

Both parents need to sign the form and a justice of the peace (JP) or a solicitor must witness both signatures.

2. Supporting evidence

Attach copies of your supporting evidence, including:

  • child's original birth certificate - not a photocopy
  • two types of ID for each parent - photocopies must be certified by a JP or solicitor
  • Section 10C Declaration form if you haven't been living together as domestic partners for at least three out of four years.

3. Lodgement

Take your application to the CBS customer service centre or post it to:

Births, Deaths and Marriages
Consumer and Business Services
GPO Box 1351
Adelaide SA 5001

A child's name isn't changed when their father's details are added to the certificate. See Register a change of name to find out what's involved if a child wishes to change their name.

Sexual reassignment recognition

People who have a recognition certificate for sexual reassignment issued by the South Australian Magistrates Court can apply to CBS to alter their birth certificate if they were born in South Australia.

Visit the Courts Administration Authority of SA website to apply for a recognition certificate (using Sexual Reassignment Form 1).

One month after you receive your recognition certificate, you can apply to register a reassignment.

How to apply

1. Application form

Fill out and sign the form - Application for registration of reassignment of sex.

2. Supporting evidence

Attach a copy of your supporting evidence:

  • original copy of birth certificate
  • copy of change of name certificate (if you have registered a change of name)
  • recognition certificate (or interstate equivalent)
  • the scheduled fee
  • application form for new birth certificate.

3. Lodgement

Take your application to the CBS customer service centre or post it to:

Births, Deaths and Marriages
Consumer and Business Services
GPO Box 1351
Adelaide SA 5001


Related information

Other websites

Contact Births, Deaths and Marriages

Phone

131 882

In person

91 Grenfell Street
Adelaide

Post

GPO Box 1351
Adelaide SA 5001


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Page last updated 8 February 2017

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