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Correct a Birth Certificate

If information on a certificate issued by the WA Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages is incorrect or incomplete, you should contact the Registry. Where the error was made by the Registry, no fee is payable to correct the certificate and any certificates issued will be replaced free of charge.

However, if incorrect or incomplete information was provided to the Registry, then before any change can be made we require a formal application supported by documentary evidence confirming the correct or missing information. A correction fee is payable if the error or omission was not caused by the Registry. This fee includes the issue of a replacement certificate.

Before attending the Registry please telephone our staff on 1300 305 021 who will explain the requirements to change the record.

Certificates will only be corrected where:

  • you are an eligible applicant
  • suitable identification is provided
  • fees are paid.

Note: If your certificate was issued interstate, contact the relevant Registry Office.

Identification requirements

To correct Registry records, applicants need to supply identification to verify they are entitled to correct the registration.

If applying for a certificate in person three forms of your original identification documents or clear photocopied and certified identification documents must be provided.

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

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

Further information is available on the identification requirements page.

Certification requirements

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

Information about who can certify documents can be downloaded from this page. 

Where do I apply?

We are located at Level 10, 141 St Georges Terrace, Perth. The public counter is open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm (except Public Holidays).

It is recommended that prior to attending the Registry you telephone our staff to discuss your request and explain the requirements to change the record.

To avoid the usual busy times consider visiting the Perth Registry between 8:30am to 10am or 2pm to 4pm.

Post correspondence to:

Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages
Department of the Attorney General

PO Box 7720
Cloisters Square
PERTH  WA  6850

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 arrange 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.

Delivery times

If all necessary supporting information, including identification documentation, is provided and the required fee is paid, we will amend a record within four days plus postal delivery time.


Last updated: 31-May-2016

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