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Certificate of registration by descent

A certificate of registration by descent (RD) is issued by the Australian Government to a person who:

  • was born outside Australia
  • has at least one parent who was an Australian citizen at the time of their birth.

The acquisition date is the date the certificate of registration by descent was awarded.

Verifiable citizenship certificates

The following certificate types are verifiable via the Document Verification Service (DVS) as a RD document type:


The Stock Number is required for RD verifications. This field consists of the register number and entry number, separated by a slash ‘/’.

For example, if the register number is 243 and the entry number is 87, enter 243/87. 


Descent Extract - Citizenship


The 11-digit client ID should be entered into the Stock Number field.

Descent Extract - Extract from register of Citizenship



Examples of a nationality and citizenship certificate.

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Last Modified on Wednesday 14th June 2023 [208]