Apply for a birth certificate

You must register the birth of your child before applying 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.

Anyone can access a historical birth certificate (more than 100 years old), and they are commonly used to research family histories.

Fees for certificates are payable by credit card and cover the search of the register:

  • certificate - $54.50
  • commemorative certificate (includes standard certificate) - $77.00

What you'll need

You'll need to provide basic information about the person, such as names of parents, and date and place of birth. You will need to advise if the information isn't available; for instance, an adult separated from their birth family at a young age.

Proof of identity

Applicants need to prove their identity unless they are applying for a birth certificate that's more than 100 years old.

If applying in person or by post, you will need either of these showing your photo, current name, postal address and signature:

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

If you don't have those, CBS will accept two of the following, showing your current name and postal address on one and your signature on the other:

  • 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.

If you apply online you can upload scanned or photographed images of your ID.

Other ways to apply

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

Take the completed form to the CBS Customer Service Centre or a regional Service SA location.


Fees for certificates cover the search of the register:

  • certificate - $54.50
  • commemorative certificate (includes standard certificate) - $77.00

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 $54.50 for each ten-year period is charged.

Ways to pay

You can pay for your certificate:

  • in person - cash, cheque, money order, credit/debit card
  • by post - cheque, money order, credit card
  • if you apply online - credit card.

Make cheques payable to Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Processing times

Processing times can vary depending on the date of the certificate. Check estimated processing times on the CBS website to work out how long it will take to get your certificate.

Your application can be fast-tracked by paying a priority fee of $41.50. Certificates can be collected from the CBS Customer Service Centre in Adelaide, or sent by express post. There is no extra postage cost for a fast-tracked certificate sent by express post.

Priority service processing times:

  • CBS Customer Service Centre applications - 30 mins
  • Online or posted applications - available for collection or posted within 24 hours.

Priority service is not available for births that are not registered, commemorative certificates or birth certificates more than 100 years old.

Contact Births, Deaths and Marriages

Phone: 131 882

In person:
91 Grenfell Street

GPO Box 1351
Adelaide SA 5001

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Page last updated 11 December 2019

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