Births, deaths and marriages

Apply for a birth certificate

Birth certificates are usually needed when people want to prove their identity for things like passports or claiming government benefits.

Commemorative certificates are also available.

Who can apply

Anyone born in South Australia can apply for their own birth certificate. Other people who can apply are:

  • a child's parent
  • a person's child
  • a child's legal guardian – evidence is needed for non-parent guardians
  • the person's current spouse – evidence is needed if surnames are different
  • an executor of their estate, administrator or trustee – evidence of authority is needed
  • someone with written authority or power of attorney – evidence of authority is needed.

If you are applying for someone else's certificate, you will need to prove you are eligible, show proof of your connection to the person and give a reason for applying eg – a parent applying for their child's certificate, executor settling a deceased estate.

Birth records more than 100 years old

Anyone can access a historical birth certificate, and they are commonly used to research family histories. Please allow approximately 30 days (plus postage time) to receive the certificate.

What you'll need

We'll need basic information about the person, such as names of parents, and date and place of birth. Let us know if the information isn't available – eg an adult separated from their birth family at a young age.

Proof of identity

Applicants need to prove their identity and provide photo ID – except for historical applications. You will need either a:

  • current Australian driver’s licence
  • proof of age card.

If you don't have those as proof, CBS will accept any two of the following:

  • passport
  • Centrelink or health care card
  • pension, seniors or veteran's card
  • credit or debit card, bank statement
  • occupational licence – eg builders licence
  • defence force or police service ID card
  • current Australian firearms licence
  • electricity or gas utilities account
  • telephone or mobile phone account.

These documents must show your current name and address on at least one, and your signature on the other.


Fees for certificates cover the search of the register:

  • certificate – $48.75
  • commemorative certificate (includes standard certificate) – $68.50.

Occasionally, CBS can't find a record to match an application. If this happens, a 'no record' certificate is issued and a search fee of $48.75 for each ten-year period is charged.

Priority services

The extra cost for fast-tracking a certificate is $37. Certificates can be picked up from the CBS Customer Service Centre in Adelaide. Priority service is not available for family history searches.

Processing times:

  • counter applications – 30 mins
  • online or posted applications – same day service.

Additional postage costs

Please include the appropriate postage amount with your application:

  • registered person-to-person post for online applications – $9.15
  • international registered post for online applications – $13.45
  • express post within Australia – $5.70
  • international express post – $14.45.

Paying for your certificate

You can pay for your certificate:

  • in person – cash, cheque, money order, credit/debit card
  • by post – cheque, money order, credit card
  • online – credit card.

Make cheques payable to Births, Deaths and Marriages.

How to apply


Apply on the Consumer and Business Services website.

Apply now


Complete and sign the form ­ - Apply for a birth certificate (184.9 KB PDF) .

Post it to:

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

In person

Complete and sign the form ­ -  Apply for a birth certificate (184.9 KB PDF).

Take the completed form to the CBS Customer Service Centre.

What happens next

Processing times for certificates can vary. Use the estimator on the CBS website to work out how long it will take to get your certificate. Remember to add time for the postal delivery.

Check current processing times

Contact Births, Deaths and Marriages


131 882

In person

91 Grenfell Street


GPO Box 1351
Adelaide SA 5001

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