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Correct a Certificate

If information on a birth, death or marriage 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:

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

Who is eligible to apply?

The information related to eligibility is general in nature and therefore not exhaustive.

Births

  • The person or a parent named on the birth certificate. 
  • A legal guardian (proof of guardianship required)

Deaths

  • The next of kin named on the death certificate, i.e. spouse (married/defacto), parent or child (16 years of age or over) of the deceased and named on the death certificate.
  • The funeral director (within three months of the registration of death).
  • Solicitor acting for next of kin or Estate.
  • Executor of the Estate.

Marriages

  • The bride or groom named on the marriage certificate.

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.

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

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. 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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