How to apply by mail

how do you apply for a birth certificate

The Western Australian Registry issues certificates for births registered in Western Australia since 1 September 1841. If the birth occurred in another State contact the relevant Registry Office .

Certificates will only be issued where:

  • you are eligible to receive the certificate;
  • suitable identification is provided;
  • fees are paid .

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

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.

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 provided on the application form.


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