Evidence needed to change a birth, death or marriage certificate
CBS will ask for certified copies of evidence to support correction to a certificate. Use these examples of common errors to help you work out what evidence you may need to provide.
|Certificate||Error||Examples of evidence needed for a correction|
|Birth certificate||Wrong date of birth||A letter from the hospital of birth showing the correct date.|
|Child's name spelt incorrectly||A certified copy of baptism certificate, birth notice, early school records.|
|Parent's name spelt incorrectly||A certified copy of the parent’s birth certificate or passport.|
|Date or place of parent's marriage is incorrect||A certified copy of the parent's marriage certificate|
|Death certificate||Cause of death||Causes of death can only be changed by the doctor who signed the original medical certificate, or by the coroner in a coronial case.|
|Deceased's name spelt incorrectly||A certified copy of the deceased's birth certificate, passport or marriage certificate together with a certified copy of the Will.|
|Marriage certificate||Groom, bride, partner's name spelt incorrectly|
Certified copies of the identification documents presented to the marriage celebrant.
Provided by: Attorney-General's Department
Page last updated 14 February 2022