Apply for birth, death or marriage certificate

This page has information on how to apply for a birth, death, or marriage certificate in the Northern Territory.

Apply online

When you apply online, you must supply all of the following:

  • your credit card details -  check the fee
  • your email address
  • your phone number
  • scans or photographs of current identification documents.

You can:

If you apply in person, you will receive your certificate immediately.

Your application will take at least 3 days from when the Births, Deaths and Marriages office receives your application if you apply:

  • online
  • by mail
  • by fax.

This does not include postage time. You must allow time for this.

If you need your certificate urgently, contact the Births, Deaths and Marriages office.

You can order a special birth certificate with pictures and colours, known as a commemorative certificate.

Commemorative certificates cannot be used for official purposes.

You can choose to buy a commemorative certificate on its own, or as a package which includes a standard birth certificate.

To order a special birth certificate, follow these steps:

Step 1. Apply online or fill in the commemorative certificate form.

Commemorative certificate form PDF (277.2 KB)
Commemorative certificate form DOCX (581.1 KB)

Step 2. Submit your application to a Births, Deaths and Marriages office by mail, fax or in person.

Step 3. Pay the fee.

You can choose from these themes:

ThemeExample
Abstract Abstract birth certificate
Blue bunny Blue bunny birth certificate
Clowns Clown birth certificate
Ducks Duck birth certificate
Indigenous Indigenous birth certificate
Pink bunny Pink bunny birth certificate
Scenery Scenery birth certificate
WildlifeWildlife birth certificate

If your baby is born before 20 weeks or weighs less than 400g, you can apply for an early pregnancy loss commemorative certificate. This certificate can't be used for official purposes.

There is also no fee. To get this certificate, follow these steps:

Step 1. Provide a letter from a medical professional confirming the delivery details.

Step 2. Fill in the early pregnancy loss commemorative certificate application.

Early pregnancy loss commemorative certificate application  PDF (437.1 KB)
Early pregnancy loss commemorative certificate application DOCX (60.4 KB)

Step 3. Submit your application and letter in person or by mail to a Births, Deaths and Marriages office.

If you don't apply online, you can fill in the births, deaths and marriages certificate application and submit it with your identification documents:

Births, deaths and marriages certificate application PDF (172.1 KB)
Births, deaths and marriages certificate application DOCX (65.2 KB)

In person

To apply in person, submit your application and identification documents to a Births, Deaths and Marriages office in Darwin or Alice Springs from Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm.

You can also apply in person at the Katherine Court House and the Tennant Creek Court House.

By mail

To apply by mail, follow these steps:

Step 1. Take your original identification documents to a Justice of the Peace and Commissioner for Oaths or other qualified person to get copies certified.

Step 2. Submit your application by mail to a Births, Deaths and Marriages office with:

  • your certified identification documents
  • payment for the fee - you can pay by cheque, money order or fill in the credit card section on your application.

By fax

To apply by fax, follow these steps:

Step 1. Take your original identification documents to a Justice of the Peace and Commissioner for Oaths or other qualified person to get the copies certified.

Step 2. Pay the fee by credit card only - you must complete the credit card section on your application.

Step 3. Submit your application with your certified identification documents by fax to:


Last updated: 12 September 2022

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