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Western Australian certificates are available by post from the Registry Office on application and payment of the relevant fee. If the birth, death, marriage or change of name occurred in another State, contact the relevant Registry Office.

Uncertified copies of birth, death and marriage records are available on application to the Perth Registry only.

Certificates will only be issued where:

Evidence-of-Identity Requirements

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

Please note: In recognition of the fact that the fraudulent use of certificates reduces with the age of the record, the evidence-of-identity requirements for historical certificates or uncertified copies, i.e. births that occurred 100 years ago or more, deaths that occurred 30 years ago or more and marriages that occurred 75 years ago or more will not be required.

Further information is available on the Evidence-of-Identity Requirements page.

Applying from overseas - The Western Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages will consider current photocopied and certified overseas identification documents and certification equivalent to those stated in the identification lists. 

Certification requirements

Photocopies of evidence-of-identity documents 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 provided on the application form.

How do I apply?

Print and complete the relevant application below and post it to the Registry with photocopied and certified identification and payment.

Birth

Death

Marriage

Commemorative Birth

Replacement Change of Name

Result of Marriage Search

Correct a Certificate

Letter of Authority

Family History Reduced Fee

Uncertified Copy

Where do I apply?

Complete and post the application form 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 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.

Certificates - Delivery Times

Type of CertificateYear of eventDelivery time

Birth, Death or Marriage

1841 onwards

Allow up to two working days plus regular postal delivery time.

Priority paid: Within 24 hours of receipt plus priority postal delivery time.

Replacement Change of Name

31 January 1957 onwards

Prior to this date enquiries should be directed to Landgate.

Allow up to two working days plus regular return postal delivery time.

Priority paid: Within 24 hours of receipt plus priority postal delivery time.

Single Status Certificate

Nominated date range

Allow up to two working days plus regular return postal delivery time.

Priority paid: Within 24 hours of receipt plus priority postal delivery time.

Uncertified copy
(images)

Births - that occurred 100 years or more ago

Deaths - 1841 to 1983
(From 1984 all deaths are computerised and there is no image of the original register)

Marriages - that occurred 75 years or more ago

Up to 15 working days plus regular return postal delivery.

Correct a Certificate - Delivery Time

Type of CertificateYear of eventDelivery time

Birth, Death or Marriage

1841 onwards

Within four working days plus regular postal delivery.

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: 13-Feb-2017

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