You can find out how to register a death or apply for a death certificate below.

Anyone can register a death that has occured in South Australia.  A funeral director can do this on your behalf.

A death must be registered within 7 days of disposal of remains.

There is no charge for registration of a death.

Forms and fees for Births, Deaths and Marriages are here.  Click the Fees tab for details for current fees.

Postal address: Births, Deaths & Marriages,  Consumer & Business Services, GPO Box 1351, Adelaide SA 5001

In person: Customer Service Centre, 91 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Opening hours: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays)


Phone: 131 882

Calls from outside Australia:  +61 8 8204 8532

Refer to the Access policy page for more information.

For all but historical access, applicants are required to produce Proof of Identity at the time of application.

You can apply online for a death certificate or you can fill in an application form.

Forms and fees for Births, Deaths and Marriages are here.  Click the Fees tab for details for current fees.

By post:          Cheque – payable to Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Office, money order or credit card details

Online:            Credit card

In person:        Cash, eftpos, cheque or credit card.


Prior to lodging an application you can find estimated certificate processing times below. Please add the number of processing days from the relevant tables below.

If you have already lodged an application you can find an estimate of processing times at Processing times by date of lodgement

Receipting your application

Application type Estimated time
Internet 6 business days
Counter 1 business days
Mail 5 business days
Service SA 12 business days


Printing and issuing your certificates

Type of certificate Estimated time
Birth Certificate 5 business days
Birth Certificate – pre 1944 8 business days
Commemorative Certificate 8 business days
Marriage Certificate – 1984 to date 5 business days
Marriage Certificate – pre 1983 8 business days
Death Certificate – pre 1990 8 business days

Please allow 2 – 3 days for postage.


Registration type Estimated time
New Registration (Birth, Death, Marriage) 25 business days
Change of name (application for a new change of name) 30 business days
Correction to the register 20 business days


* updated 22 August 2016