Application for Certificate

About this form

This form can be used to apply for a birth, death, marriage, civil partnership, civil union or change of name certificate for events that have occurred and are registered in the Australian Capital Territory only. Parentage searches can also be applied for by using this form. If you are unable to comply with the stated requirements, you will need to contact Access Canberra for further assistance.

Access Canberra is committed to processing all requests in a timely manner. Please note that 80% of certificates will be processed within 15 days of receiving all required documents (not including Australia Post delivery times). Please call Access Canberra only if you do not receive your certificate within this timeframe.

Certificates are sent by registered person‐to‐person post and addressed to the applicant. As a result, the applicant will need to produce appropriate identification at the post office in order to collect the certificate. Without that identification, Australia Post will not allow you to collect the certificate.

Once a person attains 18 years of age, the person’s parents are unable to access the register without the persons consent. Further information and a copy of our access policy can be found on the Access Canberra website.


Access Canberra
Phone: 13 22 81

Payment options

Visa and Mastercard logos

Payments up to $10,000 can be made with either Visa or MasterCard.

In person at an Access Canberra Service Centre - Please be aware that some Access Canberra Service Centres do not accept cash payments. To find out more about payment methods please visit the Access Canberra website.

Your personal information

The Information Privacy Act 2014 applies in the ACT. The Births, Deaths and Marriages registration Act 1997 authorises the Registrar‐General to collect the information required by this form for the purposes of issuing a certificate. If you have questions about how your information will be handled please see the Access Canberra Privacy Policy. The Registrar‐General prevents any unreasonable intrusion into a person’s privacy however the Registrar‐General may provide identifiable information to law enforcement organisations and authorised organisations that have legal authority to request information under prescribed circumstances.

Documents provided as proof of identity may have their authenticity verified through Certificate Validation System (CVS) and the National Document Verification System (DVS). Documents issued by this office may also be verified by external agencies using CVS and/or DVS.