Verifying your birth certificate

You can use the details of your Australian birth certificate as part of setting up your myGovID.

You will need to provide the following information:

  • Registration state
  • Given name/s
  • Family name (if you have a capital letter within your family name, then you need to include a space, for example McCartney should be entered as Mc Cartney)
  • Date of birth
  • Registration number or Registration date or both (depending on the state or territory that issued it)

See Examples of Australian birth certificates for common locations where you’ll find these details on your document.

In most cases you’ll be able to verify your birth certificate online if it’s issued from 1 January (see relevant year below). Further exceptions may apply depending on the state or territory you were born. Use the links below to find out more.

Examples of Australian birth certificates

These two examples show common locations where you will find the details on your Australian birth certificate, depending on the state or territory that issued it.

  • ACT, SA and NT
  • NSW, QLD, TAS, VIC and WA

ACT, SA and NT

NSW, QLD, TAS, VIC and WA

Information by state or territory

Find information to help you verify your birth certificate depending on your state or territory.

Australian Capital Territory

Single name

If you only have a single name (either your given or family name) on your certificate you only need to fill out the field for that name. A hyphen must be entered in other name field.

New South Wales

Registration number

If your New South Wales birth certificate was issued between 1952 and 1974, include the ‘District number’ in the Registration number field.  

If your certificate was issued before 1952 and does not have a registration number it cannot be verified online. You will need to use the alternative identity documents to set up your myGovID.

Single name

If you only have a single name (either your given or family name) on your certificate you only need to fill out the field for that name. A hyphen must be entered in other name field.

Northern Territory

Registration number

Registration numbers on Northern Territory birth certificates can differ and can be made up of both numbers and letters. Examples of how they may appear include:

  • NT 123/45
  • B 2000/00001
  • 93/93/21
  • 136 book 40
  • N.T.232.70
  • 54/35
  • 775/155/18
  • 1631/3234/17B  

For each, only enter the numbers after the last letter or punctuation element in the Registration number field. For example, for Registration number NT 123/45 you would enter 45 and for 136 book 40 you would enter 40.

Single name

If you only have a single name (either your given or family name) on your certificate you only need to fill out the field for that name. A hyphen must be entered in other name field.

Queensland

Single name

If you only have a single name (either your given or family name) on your certificate, it cannot be verified online. You will need to use the alternative identity documents to set up your myGovID.

South Australia

Single name

If you only have a single name (either your given or family name) on your certificate you only need to fill out the field for that name. A hyphen must be entered in other name field

SA Districts

Your certificate cannot be verified online if it was issued by the SA District of:

  • Adelaide
  • Angaston
  • Burra
  • Clare
  • Daly Encounter Bay
  • Flinders
  • Frome
  • Gawler
  • Gilbert
  • Grey
  • Hindmarsh
  • Kapunda
  • Mount Barker
  • Murray
  • Norwood
  • Pinnaroo
  • Pirie
  • Port Adelaide
  • Robe
  • Talunga
  • Willunga

If your certificate was issued by one of these districts you can apply for a new birth certificate through the SA Registry of Births, deaths and marriages or use the alternative identity documents to set up your myGovID.   

Tasmania

Single name 

If you only have a single name (either your given or family name) on your certificate it cannot be verified online.  You can use the alternative identity documents to set up your myGovID.

Victoria

Re–registered certificates

If your certificate was re-registered due to an update, correction, name change or legitimation before or during 1993 it may not verify. This is because the certificate registration number and year were changed. Contact your document provider to see if you can resolve this issue or use the alternative identity documents to set up your myGovID.

Single name

If you only have a single name (either your given or family name) on your certificate you only need to fill out the field for that name. In the other field you will need to enter either ‘no registered surname’, ‘no registered given name’ or a hyphen depending on what is on your certificate.

Western Australia

Single name

If you only have a single name on your Western Australia (WA) birth certificate, enter it into either the Given name/s or Family name/s field and leave the other blank.

Change of name

If you have had a change of name which was registered outside of WA, your certificate cannot be verified online. You will need to contact the WA Registry of Births, deaths and marriages to update your birth record or use the alternative identity documents to set up your myGovID.   

Registration number

The registration number for Western Australia birth certificates may be formatted in different ways depending on the year it was issued.
You only need to enter the seven numbers to the Registration number field, do not include any letters. For example, for Registration number 1234567X/YYYY you would only enter 1234567 in the Registration number field.

If you do not have seven numbers, you will need to add zeros. For example, for Registration number 123456X/YYYY you would enter 0123456 in the Registration number field.

If your certificate was issued before 26 November 2001 it will include a registration number and district name. You will need to enter both the district number and registration number in the Registration number field. For example, for Registration number 1/234/56/X ‘1’ is the district number and ‘234’ is the registration number. You would enter 0100234 in the Registration number field.

See the Western Australian Registration District Codes for the list of District numbers.