Certificates and registries for births, deaths and relationships, and family history resources
To ensure safer communities, the Department of Justice and Regulation is involved in registering and issuing certificates and licences and maintaining registers for individuals engaged in certain activities. The most common of these is the Working with Children Check.
Other important non-business licences, certificates and registers regulated by the department include firearms licences, fundraising registers, Proof of Age cards, and birth, death, marriage and relationship certificates.
Use the information below to find out where to:
- apply for different licences or certificates
- question or appeal a licensing decision
If the non-business licence or certificate you are looking for is not listed below, it is not issued or regulated by the Department of Justice and Regulation or its agencies.
Other departments and agencies responsible for non-business licences and certificates include the following:
- VicRoads (External link) (for vehicle licences)
- Australian Passport Office (External link) (for passports)
Births, deaths and marriages
The Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages issues certificates including:
- birth certificates
- death certificates
- family history certificates
- marriage certificates
- relationship certificates
To apply for a certificate or find out more, visit a Justice Service Centre or the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages website (External link)
Working with Children Check
If you are doing paid or voluntary child-related work, you need to pass the Working with Children Check, unless you qualify for an exemption.
To find out if you or your employees need a Check, visit the Working with Children Check website (External link). On the website you can also apply, renew and replace your card or check whether someone else's card is still valid.
Proof of Age
The Victorian Proof of Age card is used to verify that the person seeking to enter a licensed premises or purchase liquor is over 18 years of age. The card is issued by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR).
To apply or find out more, visit the VCGLR website (External link)
Victoria Police issues firearms licences. Firearms licence holders planning to hunt game require a separate game licence. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) issues game licences.
Applying for a licence
To apply for or find out more about firearms licences, visit the Victoria Police website (External link)
To apply for or find out more about game hunting licences, visit the Game Management Authority (External link)
To contest a licensing decision (if, for example, your licence application has been denied or revoked), there are two avenues of appeal:
In the first instance, contact the Firearms Appeals Committee. If the issue is not resolved, it may then be escalated to VCAT.
If you take part in fundraising, you must register with Consumer Affairs Victoria unless exempt.
To register as a fundraiser, to see if you are exempt, or to search for a registered fundraiser visit the fundraisers section (External link) of the Consumer Affairs Victoria website.
If you collect funds relating to military service or duty, you must establish an approved patriotic fund.
To apply to establish a fund, visit the patriotic funds section (External link) of the Consumer Affairs Victoria website.
For your community group, club or organisation to become an incorporated association, you must register it with Consumer Affairs Victoria.
To find out about the benefits of incorporating and to register, visit the incorporated assocations section (External link) of the Consumer Affairs Victoria website.
Victoria's consumer affairs regulator
Independent statutory authority that administers Victoria's gambling and liquor laws
Responsible for private security business licences, security guarding (armed and unarmed), crowd control, investigators, bodyguards and trainers
Assesses a person's suitability to work or volunteer with children, and issues Working with Children cards
- Get a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) certificate (External link)
- Get a liquor licence for a party or fete (External link)
- Get a Proof of Age card (External link)
- Become an incorporated association (External link)
- Apply for a Working with Children Check (External Link)
- Apply for a birth certificate (External link)
- Search for your family history (External link)
- Register as a fundraiser (External link)
Training information for people engaged in the service of alcohol and gaming
Our business licensing page covers licensing for estate agents, racing, security, alcohol and gambling, and more
If you're not sure if you need a licence, search for your business type on the federal business-licensing website
The National Police Record Check is different to the Working with Children Check, which is for people engaged in child-related work