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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. They are also commonly used to research family histories.
You must register the birth of your child before applying for a birth certificate.
Commemorative certificates are also available.
- Anyone born in South Australia can apply for their own birth certificate.
- Anyone can access an historical birth certificate (more than 100 years old).
- Certain people can apply for a copy of someone else's certificate. Who can apply?
You'll need to supply basic information about the person whose certificate you want, and proof of your identity.
Standard certificate - $55.50
Standard and commemorative certificate - $78.50
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
You need to prove your identity unless you are applying for a birth certificate that's more than 100 years old.
You'll need to provide one of these combinations of documents:
- TWO documents from list 1
- ONE document from list 1 and ONE document from either list 2 or 3
- ONE document from list 2 and TWO documents from list 3
- THREE documents from list 3.
At least one document must show your name and address and one document must show your signature.
All identification documents must be current (not expired). Where a document from list 3 is provided as evidence of your address, it must have been issued within the last three months.
You can upload scanned or photographed images of your ID documents.
If you are applying online, you must include a document from list 1, or your medicare card, to be verified by the online Document Verification Service (DVS). If you live overseas, you can use your overseas driver’s licence or passport.
|List 1||List 2||List 3|
|Australian passport||Government employee photo ID card||Bank statement|
|Australian driver’s licence||Overseas driver’s licence||Council rates notice|
|Centrelink concession card||Tertiary student ID card||Utility account statement (electricity, gas, water)|
|Overseas passport||Proof of age card|
|Aviation/maritime security ID card||Tenancy or lease agreement|
|Medicare card||Motor vehicle registration papers|
|Australian firearms licence||Telephone or mobile account|
|Security guard or crowd control licence||ATO notice of assessment|
|Australian Electoral Commission enrollment|
|Superannuation fund statement|
|Certified academic university transcript|
|Credit or debit card|
Ways to pay
You can pay for your certificate:
- in person - cheque, money order, credit card
- by post - cheque, money order, credit card
- online - credit card.
Make cheques payable to Births, Deaths and Marriages.
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 $55.50 for each ten-year period is charged.
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.
Fast track option
An application can be fast-tracked by paying a priority fee of $42.25. 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.
Fast tracking is not available for commemorative certificates or birth certificates more than 100 years old.
Contact Births, Deaths and Marriages
Phone: 131 882
GPO Box 1351
Adelaide SA 5001