Register a birth

Babies born in South Australia must be registered with Consumer and Business Services (CBS) within 60 days of their birth. The hospital doesn't do this for you.

Registering your baby is free. If you need a birth certificate, you can apply for one when you register the birth. The fee for a standard certificate is $55.50.

We provide information in your language about how to register your baby online.

A birth certificate will allow your child to apply for:

  • healthcare and other government services
  • entry into school
  • an Australian passport.

What you'll need

Child and parent details

You'll need to provide details about the baby and the parents. You can find some of this information - such as baby’s birth weight, doctor/midwife details - in the Blue Book given to you by the hospital.

You don’t have to complete the online form in one go. You can save the form and carry on where you left off for up to 48 hours.

Proof of identity

Parents listed on the online birth registration must upload a copy of their Australian passport, Australian driver’s licence or Centrelink and Medicare cards.

Mobile phone

Parents listed on the online birth registration must have a mobile phone and be able to respond to SMS messages.

If you don’t have the required ID documents or a mobile phone, you can still register your baby online. You will be emailed a PDF which must be printed and signed by the parents listed on the online birth registration.

Children conceived via a fertilisation procedure

If your baby was conceived via a fertilisation procedure and you record a donor on the online birth registration, the donor must have a mobile phone which can receive SMS messages and be able to upload a copy of their Australian Passport, Australian driver’s licence or Centrelink and Medicare cards.

If the donor doesn’t have the required ID documents or a mobile phone, you can still register your baby online. You will be emailed a PDF which must be printed and signed by the parents and donor listed on the online birth registration.

Other ways to register a birth

Contact Births, Deaths and Marriages on 131 882 and we will send you a paper form.

Complete the form and post it, along with any supporting documents, to Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Information in your language

Contact Births, Deaths and Marriages

Phone: 131 882

Post:
GPO Box 1351
Adelaide SA 5001


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Page last updated 8 September 2020

Provided by:
Attorney-General's Department
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Last Updated:
08/09/20
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