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Add a parent to a birth registration

You can apply to add a parent’s details to a child’s birth registration that occurred in New South Wales. 

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  • Please use our online services to register for births, change of name and relationships or to apply for certificates and we will post these out to you.

You can apply to add a parent to the birth registration if the birth was registered in NSW.

If the child was born as a result of a fertilisation procedure:

  • both parents must have been in a married or de facto relationship at the time of the procedure, and
  • the parent to be added to the register must have consented to the procedure.

You will receive a birth certificate including both parents.

Complete the Add a parent to a birth application (PDF, 875.32 KB)

Apply by post

If you are applying by post, you must enclose copies of your identity documents certified by a:

Applying in person

Bring your original identity documents with you to a Service NSW service centre.

Foreign language documents must be translated into English by a National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) accredited translator.

You must provide a least 3 forms of current identification.

  • At least one must be provided from Category 1 and must contain your full name, date of birth and place of birth.
  • At least two must be from Category 2 and 3, or 3 and 4.
  • If you cannot meet these requirements, please contact us
Category Documents
1 If born in Australia:
  • Australian birth certificate

Record of immigration status:

  • Citizenship certificate
  • New Zealand citizenship certificate together with passport
  • New Zealand birth certificate
  • Australian driver's licence
  • Australian passport
  • Firearms licence
  • Foreign passport
  • Proof of age card
  • Medicare card
  • Centrelink or Department of Veterans Affairs card
  • Security/Crowd control licence
  • Tertiary education institution ID card
  • Recent utility account with current residential address (issued within last 3 months)


Application Fee
Adding parent information to a registration $73
Apply to add a parent to a birth certificate (includes issues of standard birth certificate) $133


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