Births, Deaths and Marriages South Australia

The Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) Registration Office is responsible for registering and maintaining an accurate record of all births, deaths, marriages, changes of name, adoptions and sexual reassignments that occur in South Australia.

BDM also provide legally acceptable proofs of birth, death, marriage, changes of name, adoption and sexual reassignment registered in South Australia.

The office also provides civil marriage ceremonies at the Registration Office. See organise a marriage or the Marriages section for more information.

  • Fee change – BDM has increased its postal charges in line with  Australia Posts’ fee increase.  Please see Forms and Fees
  • Customer warning – online certificate companies.  BDM is aware that some private companies charge fees for downloading birth, death and marriage forms.  Please note these companies are not affiliated with BDMFor more information about Scam birth, death and marriage certificate websites, visit the Scamwatch website.
  • Important information for CBS customers – Australia Post new delivery timetable effective 2 June 2014


More detailed information 

BDM has more detailed information about its services below:




Change of Name

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

There is a range of information in the BDM other topics section.  Here you will find information on various topics eg adoption, popular baby names, finding a marriage celebrant, sexual reassignment, family history, etc.


Current Certificate Processing Times*

Application Method – please add the number of processing days to the application type in the table below.

Receipting your application:

Internet 6 business days
Counter 1 business days
Mail 10 business days
Service SA 11 business days

Printing and Issuing your certificates:

Birth Certificate 5 business days
Birth Certificate – pre 1944 30 business days
Commemorative Certificate 15 business days
Marriage Certificate – post 1984 5 business days
Marriage Certificate – pre 1984 30 business days
Death Certificate – pre 1990 30 business days

Please allow 2 – 3 days for postage.


New Registration (Birth, Death, Marriage) 25 business days
Change of name (application for a new change of name) 40 business days
Correction to the register 50 business days

* updated 24 November 2015