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South Australia - Obtain a Birth Certificate

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Introduction

A birth certificate is a vital record that documents the birth of a child. The term "birth certificate" can refer to either the original document certifying the circumstances of the birth or to a certified copy of or representation of the ensuing registration of that birth.

Eligibility

Are only available to the registered person, parents, children, non-parental legal custodians/guardians (documentary evidence required) or their current marital spouse.

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Instructions

  • You may apply for the certificate either by online or by post or in person.
  • The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Office strives to issue certificates within five (5) working days following receipt of a completed application.
  • All applications for certificates are subject to the Registrar's Access Policy, which restricts access to records depending on the age of the record and the relationship of the applicant. This is to ensure the security and privacy of the subject matter(s) is maintained.
  • Applicants are also required to provide evidence of their identification in accordance with the Proof of Identity Policy.
  • You can also obtain forms from:
    • Bill paying post offices in South Australia: An application form for a birth certificate is available from all bill paying post offices in South Australia. Forms cannot be lodged here however.
  • You can also obtain and lodge an application form for a birth certificate at Regional Service SA Centres.

Required Information

Applicant details

  • Applicants Name
  • Postal Address
  • Reason for requesting the certificate
  • Relationship to the Person named on the certificate

Certificate Details

  • Family name
  • Given Names
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Mother’s Full Name
  • Father’s Full Name
  • Residential Address


Procedure

You may apply for a certificate: Online at

  • www.cbs.sa.gov.au
  • Payment only by credit card.

By post

  • Complete the application form and send it with a copy of your identification and a cheque or money order (payable to Births, Deaths and Marriages) or your credit card details to the: Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Office, GPO Box 1351, Adelaide SA 5001. Phone 131 882

Paying in person

  • Payment can be made in person at:
Consumer and Business Services
Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Office
Level 2, Chesser House, 91-97 Grenfell St
Adelaide SA 5000


Service SA customer service centres in:

  • Berri
  • Gawler
  • Kadina
  • Mount Gambier
  • Murray Bridge
  • Naracoorte
  • Port Augusta
  • Port Lincoln
  • Port Pirie
  • Whyalla

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Required Documents

All applications for certificates must be accompanied by evidence of the applicant's identification. Failure to provide identification will result in processing delays with the application. The following documents are acceptable as identification:

  • One (1) form of identification - showing photo, current name, address and signature, such as:
    • Current Australian Driver's licence
    • Proof of age card

OR

  • Two (2) forms of identification - one must show current name and address and one must show signature, such as:
    • Passport
    • Centrelink or health care card
    • Pension / seniors card
    • Credit / direct debit card OR bank statement
    • Department of Veterans' Affairs card
    • Business & Occupational Services licence
    • Defence Force / Police service ID card
    • Current Australian firearms licence
    • Electricity / gas / other utilities account
    • Telephone / mobile account.
  • For further information regarding proof of identity requirements, please refer to our Proof of Identity Policy.

Fees

Birth certificate: $43.50

Validity

Birth Certificate Valid Forever

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Processing Time

The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Office strives to issue certificates within five (5) working days following receipt of a completed application.

Office Locations & Contacts

Postal Addres

Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Office,
GPO Box 1351,
Adelaide, SA 5001.
Phone 131 882

Physical Address

Consumer and Business Services
Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Office
Level 2, Chesser House, 91-97 Grenfell St
Adelaide SA 5000

Regional Service SA Centres http://www.ocba.sa.gov.au/bdm/contact.html#Regional_Services

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate

You can use a standard birth certificate as a proof of identity document for official purposes, such as claiming government benefits, enrolling a child in childcare or school, or getting a passport or driver licence.

External Links

Application form of South Australia Birth Certificate http://www.ocba.sa.gov.au/assets/files/app_for_cert_07.pdf

Regional Service SA Centres http://www.ocba.sa.gov.au/bdm/contact.html#Regional_Services

Proof of Identity Policy http://www.ocba.sa.gov.au/bdm/applying/identity.html

The Registrar's Access Policy http://www.ocba.sa.gov.au/bdm/applying/access.html

Fees for births, deaths and marriages http://www.ocba.sa.gov.au/bdm/fees.html

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