Birth certificates

If you cannot meet the requirements set out below, or if you have questions about birth certificates, seek advice from the Australian Passport Information Service (APIS) on 131 232 or, if you are overseas, from an Australian diplomatic or consular mission.

Applicants born in Australia

If you were born in Australia, you must present your original full birth certificate issued by a Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (RBDM) with your passport application. Copies or extracts of a birth certificate and commemorative birth certificates are not acceptable.

For a child applicant whose birth certificate names only one parent, a form must be completed and presented with the passport application.

All applicants born in Australia on or after 20 August 1986 must present additional evidence to support their Australian citizenship.

Applicants born overseas

If you were born overseas and acquired Australian citizenship as an adult, you must present your citizenship certificate with your passport application. Some citizenship certificates do not specify sex and place of birth. In such cases, you must present additional documents that record this information, preferably your original full birth certificate or a foreign passport. Foreign documents that are not written in English must be accompanied by a translation from an approved translation service.

For children who have acquired Australian citizenship, both an original full birth certificate (with translation, if required) and a citizenship certificate must be presented.