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Adding Father's Details to a Birth Certificate

If your child's birth is registered in Western Australia without the natural father's details, these particulars may be added to the registration by completing the "Add father's details in a child's birth" application form and payment of a fee. In certain circumstances evidence of paternity may be required such as a Court Order or DNA results. The fee payable for this application includes the issue of a replacement standard birth certificate. Both parents must also provide appropriate evidence-of-identity.

When adding the natural father's particulars to the birth registration, you have the option of registering your child's family name as:

  • the mother's family name
  • the father's family name
  • a combination of the mother's and father's family name in any order with or without a hyphen;
  • or any other family name.

Note:

  • The Registry can only add the particulars of a child's natural father.
  • If your child was born interstate, contact the Registry Office in the State or Territory where your child was born.

Evidence-of-Identity Requirements

When applying in person three forms of original evidence-of-identity must be provided. Photocopies must be certified by a qualified person.

When applying by post, three forms of photocopied and certified evidence-of-identity documents must be provided with your application. Do not post original documents.

When applying from overseas - The Western Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages will consider current photocopied and certified overseas evidence-of-identity documents equivalent to those stated in the Evidence-of-Identity Requirements lists. Do not post original documents.

Certification requirements

Photocopies of evidence-of-identity will only be accepted if they are certified by a qualified person as being "true copies" of the original documents. Information about who can certify documents is attached to the application form.

Where and how do I apply?

Perth Registry Office - in person

Perth Registry Office - by mail

Application Forms

Delivery Time

Within four working days plus regular postal delivery time.

Payment

Payment is accepted by:

  • Credit card (MasterCard or Visa only)
  • Cheque/money order.

Cheques or money orders should be made payable to: Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages.

Note: Overseas applicants must pay in Australian dollars by quoting credit card details (Visa or MasterCard only) or using an international money order or bank draft. No other form of payment can be accepted by the Registry.

The certificate fee includes regular domestic or overseas airmail postal delivery.

Note: Due to continually changing postal services and differing costs the Registry cannot provide advice or arrange for postal services other than the regular domestic or overseas airmail postal delivery. If Express, Registered or Priority mail delivery is needed the applicant must make their own arrangements and provide the necessary self-addressed envelope. Refer below:

Customers within Australia (only if required by the applicant)

Registered Post or Express Post: Please enclose a self-addressed Registered Post or Express Post envelope with your application.

Overseas customers (only if required by the applicant)

Priority delivery: Please make your own arrangements for a courier service to collect document/s from the Registry at Westralia Square, Level 10, 141 St Georges Terrace, Perth, Western Australia 6000 (8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays).

If you are arranging a courier please include this information in your application.

Phone, fax, email or online applications

The Registry is unable to accept applications by phone, fax, email or online.

Legalising documents for use in overseas countries

Note: Some overseas countries require Australian documents to be authenticated. Refer to Smartraveller - Legalising Documents for further information on this requirement.


Last updated: 15-Aug-2017

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