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Processing times

Find out when your request to Births Deaths & Marriages will be completed. 

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Birth certificates: newborn babies

If you apply for a birth certificate when you register the birth, the time it takes for us to process it depends on how you apply.

  • Certificates are delivered by registered post.
  • The processing time does not include delivery which can be up to 6 working days.

 

Standard birth certificate ordered when birth is registered

Standard service

Online application

up to 3 weeks

Submitted by post

up to 4 weeks

Registry agent (Service NSW)

up to 4 weeks

Birth certificates

Processing of a birth certificate begins when we have received your complete and correct application.

  • Certificates are delivered by registered post and we have allowed a week for this in the times below. Estimated times may vary slightly.
  • When you apply online you can Click & Collect urgent certificates from our Registry offices in Chippendale and Parramatta
  • Australia Post advises customers to anticipate delays with international post

 

Standard birth certificate

Standard service

Priority service

Online application

up to 4 weeks

up to 2 weeks

Submitted by post

up to 10 weeks

up to 7 weeks

Registry agent (Service NSW)

up to 7 weeks

up to 3 weeks

 

Commemorative birth certificate

Standard service

Priority service

Online application

up to 5 weeks

Not available

Submitted by post

up to 8 weeks

Not available

Registry agent (Service NSW)

up to 8 weeks

Not available

Marriage certificates

Processing of a marriage certificate begins when we have received your complete and correct application.

  • If your celebrant registers your marriage online, this can reduce the processing time.
  • Certificates are delivered by registered post and we have allowed a week for this in the times below. Estimated times may vary slightly.
  • When you apply online you can Click & Collect urgent certificates from our Registry offices in Chippendale and Parramatta.
  • Australia Post advises customers to anticipate delays with international post.

 

Standard marriage certificate

Standard service

Priority service

Certificate for newlyweds
(celebrants have 14 days to lodge)

up to 16 weeks

Not available

Online application

up to 4 weeks

up to 2 week

Submitted by post

up to 10 weeks

up to 7 weeks

Registry agent (Service NSW)

up to 7 weeks

up to 3 weeks

 

Commemorative marriage certificate

Standard service

Priority service

Online application

up to 5 weeks

Not available

Submitted by post

up to 8 weeks

Not available

Registry agent (Service NSW)

up to 8 weeks

Not available

Single status certificates

Processing of your single status certificate begins when we have received your complete and correct application.

  • Certificates are delivered by registered post and we have allowed a week for this in the times below. Estimated times may vary slightly.
  • Australia Post advises customers to anticipate delays with international post.

 

Request for a Single Status certificate

Standard service

Priority service

Submitted by post

up to 10 weeks

up to 2 weeks

Registry agent (Service NSW)

up to 7 weeks

up to 2 weeks

Family history certificates

Family history certificates are delivered by post and we have allowed a week for this in the times below. 

 

Family history certificate

Standard service

Online application: email delivery

up to 3 weeks

Online application: postal delivery

up to 5 weeks

Submitted by post

up to 5 weeks

Registry agent (Service NSW)

up to 5 weeks

Church Register records (Volume records) up to 10 weeks

Death certificates

Processing of a death certificate begins when we have received your complete and correct application.

  • Certificates are delivered by registered post and we have allowed a week for this in the times below. Estimated times may vary slightly.
  • When you apply online you can Click & Collect urgent certificates from our Registry offices in Chippendale and Parramatta.
  • When a correction is requested, changes are made to the certificate and to the original registration.
  • Australia Post advises customers to anticipate delays with international post.

 

Certificate request

Standard service

Priority service

Death within the last 2 months

up to 4 weeks

Not available

Correction to a certificate

up to 5 weeks

Not available

Online application

up to 4 weeks

up to 2 weeks

Submitted by post

up to 10 weeks

up to 7 weeks

Registry agent (Service NSW)

up to 7 weeks

up to 3 weeks

Registered relationship

Processing of your relationship registration begins when we have received your completed and correct application.

  • Certificates are delivered by registered post and we have allowed a week for this in the times below. Estimated times may vary slightly.
  • Australia Post advises customers to anticipate delays with international post.

 

Application

Standard service

Priority service

Relationship registration certificate (includes 28 day cooling off period): online application

up to 6 weeks

Not available

Relationship registration certificate (includes 28 day cooling off period): paper application

up to 8 weeks

Not available

Revoke a registered relationship (includes 90 day cooling off period)

up to 19 weeks

Not available

Commemorative relationship certificate

up to 5 weeks

Not available

Change of name

Processing of your change of name certificate begins when we have received your complete and correct application.

  • Certificates are delivered by registered post and we have allowed a week for this in the times below. Estimated times may vary slightly.
  • Australia Post advises customers to anticipate delays with international post.

 

Certificate request

​Standard service

​Priority service

Online application

up to 10 weeks

up to 4 weeks

​​By post

up to 12 weeks

up to 5 weeks

​​Registry agents (Service NSW)

up to 12 weeks

up to 5 weeks

Replace certificates after a change of name

Processing of your replacement change of name certificate begins when we have received your complete and correct application.

  • Certificates are delivered by registered post and we have allowed a week for this in the times below. Estimated times may vary slightly.
  • When you apply online you can Click & Collect urgent certificates from our Registry offices in Chippendale and Parramatta.
  • Australia Post advises customers to anticipate delays with international post.

 

Certificate request

​Standard service

​Priority service

Online application

up to 4 weeks

up to 2 weeks

​​By post

up to 10 weeks

up to 7 weeks

​​Registry agents (Service NSW)

up to 7 weeks

up to 3 weeks

Last updated: 30 May 2021
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