Birth certificates

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

Applicants born in Australia

All applicants born in Australia must present their original full birth certificate issued by an the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages (RBDM) with their 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 the mother, a form B8 Mother’s name only on child’s birth certificate (PDF) 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

Adults who have acquired Australian citizenship must present their citizenship certificate with their 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.