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Registry Of Births Deaths And Marriages

Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages

Birth Certificate

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      All Registry application forms, fees and where applications can be lodged in person

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      Complete application form to correct an entry - including, correcting or modifying information, or amend to include a parent.

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      Application form to obtain a birth certificate for a stillbirth that occured in NSW

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  • Birth Certificate

    The Registry records all births that occur in NSW. They use the details from the birth registration record to produce a NSW birth certificate. Parents are responsible for registering the birth of their newborn within 60 days.

    Registering a Birth
    Registering the birth of your child is important so that your child is officially recognised by the State of NSW, giving them the same rights as other people. Without registering your child, it may not be possible for them to access public facilities such as Medicare or Centrelink.

    Registering a homebirth
    All births are registered according to two sources of information; the Birth Registration Statement (BRS) — usually supplied by the parents, and a notification provided by:
    . the hospital in which the birth occurred (or a child and mother taken to within 24 hours of the birth), or
    . by a doctor or registered midwife who attended the birth, or
    . by independent witnesses who saw the birth occur.

    Late registration of a birth
    Late registrations (longer than 60 days after the birth of a child) are more complex. Late registrations involve strict verification of the child's details, and more proof of identification will be required.

    Registering births from same sex relationships
    The "Same Sex Parents Birth Registration Statement" can be given to you at the hospital. From 17 September 2008 the Miscellaneous Act Amendment Act means that both women in a same sex defacto relationship may now be recognised on their child's birth certificate.


  • NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages
    GPO Box 30
    SYDNEY NSW 2001
    13 77 88
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Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages

Death Certificate

  • The Registry records all deaths that occur in NSW. The Registry uses the details from the death registration record to produce a NSW Death Certificate. Funeral directors are usually responsible for registering the death within seven days of the burial or cremation.
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  • Death Certificate

    Under section 41 of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act, 1995 all deaths that occurred in NSW must be registered within seven days of the burial or cremation.

    It is common practice for a funeral director to complete the death registration process. However, it is also possible for a next of kin or relative of the deceased to register the death.

    If you are a next of kin or relative of the deceased and wish to register the death, you must provide the following information about the deceased:

    * Surname and first names
    * Sex
    * Date of death and date of birth
    * Place of death
    * Usual address of the deceased
    * Usual occupation during working life
    * Marriage particulars (place, age, full name of spouse)
    * All children of the deceased (names and ages)
    * Full name of both parents (including mother's maiden name)
    * Burial details

    You will also need to supply a Medical Certificate Cause of Death (issued by a doctor) stating cause of death. If the death was referred to a coroner, you must supply the order advising on disposal of the body.

    If you are not a funeral director and wish to register a death, please contact us for a Death Registration Form.

    Note: Penalties apply for giving false, misleading or incomplete information, so please ensure the accuracy of the information you provide.

    Applications for Death Certificates can only be processed after the death has been registered. Please check our turnaround times .

    If a death which occurred in NSW has not been registered, please contact us.


  • NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages
    GPO Box 30
    SYDNEY NSW 2001
    13 77 88
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Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages

Marriage Certificate

  • The Registry must register the full details of all lawful marriages that occur in NSW, in accordance with the Births, Death and Marriages Registration Act 1995 (S.33) and the Commonwealth Marriage Act 1961. Marriage Celebrants are responsible for registering marriages within 14 days of the ceremony.
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  • Marriage Certificate

    Registering a marriage
    The Registry must register the full details of all lawful marriages that occur in NSW, in accordance with the Births, Death and Marriages Registration Act 1995 (S.33) and the Commonwealth Marriage Act 1961.

    Marriage Celebrants are responsible for registering marriages within 14 days of the ceremony. If your marriage occurred in NSW and has not been registered, please contact us.

    Changing your name after marriage
    If you were married in Australia a formal Change of Name is not required if you wish to take your spouse's name. A Standard Marriage Certificate is usually sufficient evidence to have personal documentation, such as your driver's licence and passport, changed to your married surname.

    Our certificates contain security features which can't be easily reproduced, and include the full details of the parties to the marriage such as parents' names and dates of birth.

    If you decide to take your spouse's name when dealing with authorities such as Roads & Maritime Services or Australian Passports Office, you may be asked to show your Standard Marriage Certificate. Please check with the relevant authority in each case to determine their specific requirements.


  • NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages
    GPO Box 30
    SYDNEY NSW 2001
    13 77 88
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Replacement Change of Name

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  • Replacement Change of Name

    A person is legally able to change his or her name. If a person alters their name or uses an additional or other name with the intention to act fraudulently or with an intention to deceive or in any other way which contravenes the law, they may be subject to criminal proceedings.

    A person may use a new name without any formal steps. At common law, a person will not actually change his or her name until the person has used and become known by the new name. Under the Registry's legislation the name is changed once it is registered.

    Occasions arise where a person will be asked to provide proof of change of name (for example as proof of identity or to obtain a passport). For these reasons a person may record their new name or alteration of their name by registering a Change of Name at the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

    Changing your name after marriage
    If you were married in Australia a formal Change of Name is not required if you wish to take your spouse's name. A Standard Marriage Certificate is usually sufficient evidence to have personal documentation, such as your driver's licence and passport, changed to your married surname.

    Who can apply
    You are eligible to have your name changed in NSW if:

    * you're not restricted from changing your name
    - and -
    * your birth is registered in NSW
    - or -
    * you were born overseas and have been resident in NSW for three (3) consecutive years immediately prior to your application
    - or -
    * your birth is not registered in NSW and a protection order has been made to protect you and/or your children from domestic violence.


  • NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages
    GPO Box 30
    SYDNEY NSW 2001
    13 77 88
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