Correcting details on a certificate

In some cases it is necessary to amend the details on a birth, death or marriage certificate.

Correcting errors on certificates

Spelling mistakes or incorrect information can be amended if evidence is provided to show the correct details. You will need to provide:

  • a description of the error
  • evidence to confirm the correct details (this must be dated close to the time of the event)
  • the fee
  • a return postal address

Evidence must confirm details as they were at the time of the event.  Please contact us for details of acceptable types of evidence.

Apply to correct an error on a certificate

To apply you will need to:

Step 1

Fill out the application to correct an entry form.

Step 2

Return the incorrect certificate with the evidence supporting the correction.

Step 3

If you apply in person at Service Tasmania (external link) take your original identity documents with you.

If you apply by post, send identity documents certified (confirmed) as true copies of the original documents by one of the following:

Justice of the Peace (external link)

Commissioner for Declarations (external link)

Barrister or Solicitor

Notary Public (external link)

Australian Embassy Officer or Australian Consulate Officer (external link)

Step 4

Pay the amendment fee.

Step 5

Lodge the application, evidence and fee by post or in person at a Service Tasmania shop (external link)

You won't be charged a fee if Births, Deaths and Marriages made the error.  The original certificate will need to be returned and a replacement will be issued free of charge.

Add biological father's details to a birth certificate

Both parents will need to apply to add a biological father's details to a Tasmanian birth record. One parent can apply if you have DNA evidence.

To apply both of you will need to:

Step 1

Complete the amendment application form Add Biological Father to Birth Record.

Step 2

If you apply in person at Births, Deaths and Marriages present your original identity documents.

If you apply by post, send identity documents certified (confirmed) as true copies of the original documents by one of the following:

Justice of the Peace (external link)

Commissioner for Declarations (external link)

Barrister or Solicitor

Notary Public (external link)

Australian Embassy Officer or Australian Consulate Officer (external link)

Step 3

Supply DNA evidence to support your application if:

  • a father is already included on the birth record; or
  • only one parent is applying.

In some cases, Births Deaths and Marriages may contact you to obtain more information.

Please Note: DNA evidence must meet the requirements of Family Law Regulations.  You may need to seek advice from your medical practitioner.

Please Note: Changing a child's name or adding marriage details to the birth certificate is a separate process.

Step 4

Contact Births, Deaths and Marriages to make an appointment and lodge your application in person or send your application by post.

Add marriage details to a birth certificate

You can apply to add marriage details to a child's birth certificate.

To apply you will need to:

Step 1

Complete the amendment application form to Add Marriage Details to a Birth Record Form.  Both parents must sign the form in the presence of a witness, over the age of 18 years.

Step 2

Provide a certified copy of the child's birth certificate. If you return the original child's birth certificate a replacement will be sent to you.

Step 3

Provide a certified copy of the parents' marriage certificate.

Step 4

If you apply in person at Births, Deaths and Marriages present your original identity documents.

If you apply by post, send identity documents certified (confirmed) as true copies of the original documents by one of the following:

Justice of the Peace (external link)

Commissioner for Declarations (external link)

Barrister or Solicitor

Notary Public (external link)

Australian Embassy Officer or Australian Consulate Officer (external link)

Step 5

Pay the prescribed fee.

Step 6

Contact Births, Deaths and Marriages to make an appointment and lodge your application in person or send your application by post.

Please note: Changing a child's name or adding the father's details to the Birth Certificate is a separate process.

Updated: 16th October 2018