Commemorative certificates

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

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

Commemorative certificates don’t have security features so organisations may not accept them as proof of identity.

    Who can apply

    People can apply for their own birth, marriage or relationship 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.

    You can pay with a credit card.

    Other ways to apply

    Post

    1. Application form

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

      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

      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.

      Australian blue

      Australian pink


      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.

      Blue giraffe

      Peach giraffe

      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.

      Blue bunny
       Pink bunny
      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.
       Fauna  Flora
      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.
       Blue rabbit  Pink rabbit
      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.
      Panda Bears

      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.
       Cherry blossom  Blossom

      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.

      Commemorative marriage certificate with rainbow bow decoration

      Hearts

       Rainbow bow
      Commemorative marriage certificate with rainbow rings decoration 
      Rainbow rings  

      Relationship certificate designs

      Relationship Certificate – Blossom branches top left and bottom right corners. The certificate title Relationship Register is in decorative script. Information on the certificate includes the parties names, their dates and places of birth and the date the relationship was registered. Relationship Certificate – Cherry blossom design in each top corner and down the left hand side.  The title Relationship Certificate is written in a decorative script.  Information on the certificate includes the parties names, their dates and places of birth and the date the relationship was registered.       
       Red blossom  Pink blossom
      Relationship Certificate – a white certificate with blue abstract border on the top and left hand side that looks like water has splashed the page. The words Relationship Certificate in decorative script.  Information on the certificate includes the names of the parties, their dates and places of birth and the date the relationship was registered. 
      Watercolour

      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 10 December 2019

      Provided by:
      Attorney-General's Department
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      https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/family-and-community/births-deaths-and-marriages/certificates/commemorative-birth-certificates
      Last Updated:
      10/12/19
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