Department of the Attorney General
Go To

Go To

Birth Certificate

The Western Australian Registry registers all births that occur in Western Australia since 1 September 1841. A birth certificate is available from the Registry Office on application and payment of the relevant fee.

If the birth occurred in another State, contact the relevant Registry Office.

Who is eligible to apply for a certificate?

A parent named on a child's birth certificate can apply for the certificate. The parent's identification must be provided with the application.

A person aged 16 years or more can apply for their birth certificate but identification must be provided.

A child under the age of 16 years must have the written consent from a parent named in the certificate and that parent’s identification must be provided.

See the Registry's Birth Certificate Access Policy for full eligibility requirements.

If you are not eligible to apply for a certificate you must provide the written consent or authority from an eligible person and you must also provide three forms of identification for yourself and that person (see certification requirements and Letter of Authority download on this page).

There is unrestricted access and no identification requirements are needed for births that occurred 100 years ago or more.

Identification requirements

When applying for a certificate in person three forms of identification must be provided. Photocopies must be certified by a qualified person.

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

Certification requirements

Photocopies of identification will only be accepted if they are certified by a qualified person as being "true copies" of the original documents.

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.

Phone, fax, email or online applications

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

Last Updated: 30-Aug-2012

[ Back to Top ]