The Department of Internal Affairs currently has reduced staffing capacity due to COVID-19. There are processing delays to some Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) products and services. Check this page regularly for up-to-date timeframes.
We will process your application as soon as possible.
The timeframes below are estimates only. If we need any additional information during processing, we will contact you.
|Application type||Estimated timeframe|
|Birth registration||9 working days|
|Name change||30 working days|
|Certificate, printout or source document||8 working days|
|Add or remove a parent’s details on a birth record||21 working days|
|Investigate a potential error on a record||3 to 6 months|
Working days do not include weekends or public holidays. The timeframes above do not include delivery times for certificates.