Victoria Births 1836-1913

This index contains birth records from Victoria, Australia between 1836 and 1913.

Victorian birth, deaths and marriages (BDM) certificates date back from 1853, when the Victorian government began civil registration. There are also church baptism, marriage and burial records dating as far back as 1836.

Today, these are managed by the Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages Victoria.

What information will I find on this index?
A record from findmypast’s index to Victoria Births 1836-1913 will tell you:
• The child’s first name and surname
• The child’s birthplace
• The child’s gender, where recorded
• The father’s and mother’s names (including mother’s maiden name in some cases), where recorded
• The year
• The registration number

You will need some of this information to order a copy of the birth certificate.

How do I order a birth certificate from Victoria?
Once you have located the relevant record from findmypast’s index to Victoria Births 1836-1913, you can order the birth certificate itself from Births, Deaths & Marriages Victoria.

In order to purchase a birth certificate, you must know the following:
• The surname of the person whose record you’d like
• Registration number of the record
• Registration year of the record

When ordering a birth certificate in Victoria, you can purchase either historical certificates themselves or uncertified images.

The historical certificates include the Registrar’s certification, signature and seal.

The uncertified images, on the other hand, are scanned images of the original registration records. Designed specifically for family history research, uncertified images include the same details as the historical certificate, but cannot be used for official purposes.

The other difference is that uncertified images can be downloaded to your computer immediately after ordering.

How do I order an historical certificate?
You can order historical certificates either online or through post.

Historical birth certificates can be ordered online on the Births, Deaths & Marriages Victoria website here.

The certificate will be issued within five business days from the date your application is received, plus postage time.

To order through post, you must download and print this application form here, fill it in and send it to Births, Deaths & Marriages Victoria. Its address is:

Certificate applications
Births, Deaths & Marriages
GPO Box 5220

How do I order an uncertified image?
You can download an uncertified image directly from the Births, Deaths & Marriages Victoria website here.

Instructions on how to download the uncertified images can be found here.

How do I order recent birth certificates from Victoria?
It is important to note that different rules apply for births that are considered recent, due to privacy laws. This includes any birth certificates from 100 years ago or less, where the person is still alive today.

Ordering these must be done through Births, Deaths & Marriages Victoria with proof of identity documents. Learn more about ordering recent marriage certificates here.

What information will I find on Victorian birth certificates?
As explained above, findmypast’s index to Victoria Births 1836-1913 will give you the basics of the birth in question: the child’s name, birthplace, gender (if recorded), parents’ names (if recorded), year of birth, and the registration number that you will need to order the certificate.

The birth certificate (or uncertified image of it) will usually contain much more information. If the birth occurred after 1 July 1853, you can also expect to find additional information such as:
• Parents’ ages
• Parents’ birthplaces
• Parents’ marriage details
• Details of previous children

In this period, Victorian birth certificates – as well as marriage and death certificates – were the most detailed of all Australian colonies’ records, making them particularly useful for family history researchers.