How to register the birth of your new baby

It’s important to know that hospitals DO NOT register babies!

You can register your bub online for FREE at

The hospital DOES provide all new mums with an information flyer called “Register your Baby before they’re 8 weeks old” and it explains all
you need to know.

Either of the parents, a grandparent or a guardian can fill out the online form to register baby.

NSW law says every baby must be registered as early as possible.

Once your baby is registered you don’t need to do anything else, until you want to buy a birth certificate!

  • A standard certificate costs $58 (Price correct as of October 2018).


Your child will need a birth certificate to:

  • Attend school
  • Take part in organised sports
  • Access some Centrelink benefits
  • Get a passport
  • Get a driver’s licence
  • Open a bank account
  • Be entitled to an inheritance


What if it’s been more than 8 weeks since the child was born?

You can still register online. If you’re unsure about the process, please call the NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages on 13 77 88. They are there to help. You won’t get in trouble!

Click here to download an information pack about how to register your new baby.