Search births, deaths and marriages records

You can't search other people's birth, death, marriage and change of name records due to privacy laws. 

The only records that are open to the public are historical records. 

If you want to search the records you must meet the requirements of the access policy. 

Who can search current records

To search births, deaths and marriages records you must be one of the following: 

  • the person named on the birth, marriage or change of name record
  • an immediate family member named on the death certificate, such as a spouse, parent or child
  • a parent, grandparent or guardian of a child over 18 years old who wishes to apply for a birth certificate and who has given written permission.

You can also search the records if you have been given approval by the Registrar - eg: government departments needing information.

How to search current records

To request a search, you must: 

You can be given information on: 

  • registration details
  • the person’s name
  • the date and place of birth, marriage or death.

Other details may be available.

How to search historical records

You can access any of the following records: 

  • births that happened over 80 years ago
  • deaths that happened over 30 years ago
  • marriages that happened over 60 years ago.

To request a search, you must: 

Full access policy 

You can request a full copy of the access policy from the Births, Deaths and Marriages office in Darwin or Alice Springs.

Last updated: 27 June 2017