Births, deaths and marriages

Commemorative certificates

Consumer and Business Services (CBS) offer commemorative certificates, designed to celebrate life events such as a marriage or a birth of a child. The commemorative package includes:

  • commemorative certificate - for display
  • official certificate - used to prove identity.

Who can apply

People can apply for their own birth or marriage certificate. Parents can also apply for their child's birth certificate if their child is less than 18 years old. Showing proof of ID isn’t needed if the Birth Registration Statement is included with the application.

Other applicants

All other people applying for a certificate should check that they can access the record and what proof of ID is needed.

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.

Cheques should be made payable to Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Birth certificate designs

Birth Certificate – Blue gradient fading to white at the top, with a stripe of gumleaves across the bottom. It has a decorative script title and a South Australian government seal. The information on the certificate includes name of the child, sex, place of birth. Names and age of the parents. The Registration number and the date of the birth. Birth Certificate – Pink gradient fading to white at the top, with a stripe of gumleaves across the bottom. It has a decorative script title and a South Australian government seal. The information on the certificate includes name of the child, sex, place of birth. Names and age of the parents. The Registration number and the date of the birth.  
  
Birth Certificate – blue and white floral patterned background with lowercase title and a cartoon style giraffe and bear on it The information on the certificate includes name of the child, sex, place of birth. Names and age of the parents. The Registration number and the date of the birth.   Birth Certificate - pink and white floral patterned background with lowercase title and a cartoon style giraffe and elephant on it. The information on the certificate includes name of the child, sex, place of birth. Names and age of the parents. The Registration number and the date of the birth.  
  
Birth Certificate – White certificate with a blue ribboned border with some very small stars along the border. There is a large bunny plush toy picture on the top right and a smaller bunny on the bottom left The information on the certificate includes name of the child, sex, place of birth. Names and age of the parents. The Registration number and the date of the birth.   Birth Certificate – White certificate with a pink ribboned border with some very small stars along the border. There is a large pink bunny plush toy picture on the top right and a smaller bunny on the bottom left. The information on the certificate includes name of the child, sex, place of birth. Names and age of the parents. The Registration number and the date of the birth.  
  
Birth Certificate – Australiana design certificate with a border of Australian birds and animals, including a kangaroo, koala, wombat and an echidna. Birds include a kookaburra, black swan, rosella and a Willy-wagtail. The information on the certificate includes name of the child, sex, place of birth. Names and age of the parents. The Registration number and the date of the birth.   Birth Certificate – Australiana style with Australian native flowers as a border, including Sturt desert pea, pink heath, wattle, flannel flowers and bottlebrush. The information on the certificate includes name of the child, sex, place of birth. Names and age of the parents. The Registration number and the date of the birth.  
  
Birth Certificate – Australiana design certificate with a border of Australian birds and animals, including a kangaroo, koala, wombat and an echidna. Birds include a kookaburra, black swan, rosella and a Willy-wagtail. The information on the certificate includes name of the child, sex, place of birth. Names and age of the parents. The Registration number and the date of the birth.   Birth Certificate –  Pink border with spots and pink and red bunting in the left hand top corner. There are cartoon style pink bunnies in the top right and bottom left corners. The information on the certificate includes name of the child, sex, place of birth. Names and age of the parents. The Registration number and the date of the birth.  
  
Birth Certificate – Soft green with bamboo design on each side. There is a large panda on the left-hand side and a smaller panda on the bottom tight corner. The information on the certificate includes name of the child, sex, place of birth. Names and age of the parents. The Registration number and the date of the birth. Birth Certificate – Light brown background with a thin brown border. There are two teddy bears sitting back-to-back at the top and a small teddy bear at the bottom. The information on the certificate includes name of the child, sex, place of birth. Names and age of the parents. The Registration number and the date of the birth. 

Marriage certificate designs

Marriage Certificate – Blossom branches top left and bottom right corners. The certificate title is in decorative script. Information on the certificate includes the names of the bride and groom, their dates and places of birth and the date of the wedding.Marriage Certificate – Cherry blossom design in each top corner and down the left hand side.  The words Marriage Certificate are written in a decorative script.  Information on the certificate includes the names of the bride and groom, their dates and places of birth and the date of the wedding.
  
Marriage Certificate – a red love heart made up of the letters in the word marriage in the centre at the top. Below that the words Marriage Certificate in uppercase of varying size.  Information on the certificate includes the names of the bride and groom, their dates and places of birth and the date of the wedding.

How to apply

Online

Apply on the Consumer and Business Services website.

Apply now

Post

1. Application form

Choose a certificate design, then complete and sign the form­ - Apply for a commemorative birth certificate.

2. Supporting evidence

Attach a copy of the required ID to your application.

3. Lodgement

Post to:

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

In person

1. Application form

Choose a certificate design, then complete and sign the form Apply for a commemorative birth certificate.

2. Supporting evidence

Attach a copy of the required ID to your application.

3. Lodgement

Take your application 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 processing time

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 18 July 2017

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Attorney-General's Department
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Last Updated:
18/07/17
Printed on:
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