Register a birth

You must submit a birth registration statement within 60 days of the birth date under the law in the Northern Territory (NT).

Registering the birth of your child is free.

Who registers a birth

Both parents are jointly responsible for registering the birth. Both must sign the birth registration paperwork.

One parent signing 

One parent may register the birth if it is impossible, impractical or inappropriate for the other parent to join in the registration process or sign the birth registration paperwork.

If only one parent is registering the birth, you must write a letter and submit it with your registration documents explaining the reason.

Both parents unable to sign 

If both parents are unable to sign the birth registration paperwork, the person who has custody of the child is responsible for the registration.  

How to register a birth

You will be given a birth registration statement and a reply-paid envelope by the hospital or health centre where the baby is born. 

If your baby is born at home, the health professionals who helped with the birth will provide the form.  

You will need to provide all of the following information on the birth registration statement:

  • the baby’s name
  • sex of the baby
  • whether the baby is a multiple birth
  • date and place of birth
  • parents’ details and previous children details
  • a postal address
  • your signature - this must be witnessed by a person over 18 years old.

You should be as accurate as possible on the birth registration statement. 

Do not use white-out. Any amendments should be crossed out and initialled by all people completing the form.

Submit the birth registration statement

The original birth registration statement must be submitted to the Births, Deaths, and Marriages office either:

  • in person at the Darwin or Alice Springs office
  • or by mail using the reply-paid envelope supplied with the form.

Registering a birth by same-sex parents

Under NT law, if you are a woman in a de facto partnership with another woman, and have a baby as the result of a fertilisation procedure with the consent of the de facto partner, she is presumed to be the parent of the child.

A birth registration statement can be submitted to the Births, Deaths and Marriages office stating both women in the de facto partnership as parents on the birth certificate.

You will need to complete the birth registration statement for same sex parents (69.3 kb).

You must include:

  • the baby’s name
  • sex of the baby
  • whether the baby is a multiple birth
  • date and place of birth
  • parents’ details and previous children details
  • preferred title for both parents on the certificate
  • a postal address
  • your signature - this must be witnessed by a person over 18 years old.

You should be as accurate as possible on the birth registration statement. 

Do not use white-out. Any amendments should be crossed out and initialled by all people completing the form.

Submitting the birth registration statement

The original birth registration statement must be submitted to a Births, Deaths, and Marriages office either:

  • in person at the Darwin or Alice Springs office
  • or by mail.

Birth certificates

You will need to make a separate application for a birth certificate as you are not automatically issued a birth certificate when you register the birth of a child.

If a baby is not registered, a birth certificate cannot be issued.

A birth certificate is an important document that is needed for a number of reasons including:

  • school enrolment
  • getting a passport
  • getting a driver licence 
  • government benefits.

Last updated: 27 June 2017