From 1 July 2018, new identity document requirements commence. Find out more

New Identity Documents 1 July 2018

From 1 July 2018, new identity document requirements commence.

Minimum identity requirements

You must provide four documents with your completed form to confirm your identity:

  • One commencement document to confirm your birth in Australia or arrival in Australia
  • One primary and two secondary documents to show the use of your identity in the community

The documentation you provide must include evidence of your full name and date of birth and a photograph of you. The commencement and primary documents provided must include a photo of you. If your commencement and primary documents do not include a photograph you must submit a passport-style photograph certified by a person listed in Schedule 2 of the Statutory Declarations Regulations 1993 (Cth).

You will need access to a scanner or a mobile device with a camera to upload your ID documents.

At least 1 'Commencement of Identity' document
  1. Full Australian birth certificate (not an extract or birth card)
  2. Current Australian passport (not expired)
  3. Australian visa current at time of entry to Australia as a resident or tourist
  4. ImmiCard issued by Immigration and Border Protection that enables the cardholder to prove their visa and/or migration status and enroll in services
  5. Certificate of identity issued by Foreign Affairs and Trade to refugees and non-Australian citizens for entry to Australia
  6. Document of identity issued by Foreign Affairs and Trade to Australian citizens or persons who have the nationality of a Commonwealth country for travel purposes
  7. Certificate of evidence of resident status
At least 1 'Primary Use in the Community' document
  1. Current Australian drivers licence, learner permit or provisional licence issued by a state or territory, showing a signature and/or photo and the same name as claimed
  2. Australian marriage certificate issued by a state or territory (church or celebrant-issued certificates are not accepted)
  3. Current passport issued by a country other than Australia with a valid entry stamp or visa
  4. Current proof of age or photo identity card issued by an Australian Government agency in the name of the applicant, with a signature and photo
  5. Current shooters or firearms licence showing a signature and photo (not minor or junior permit or licence)
  6. For persons under 18 years of age with no other Primary Use in Community Documents, a current student identification card with a signature or photo
At least 2 'Secondary Use in the Community' documents
  1. Certificate of identity issued by Foreign Affairs and Trade
  2. Document of identity issued by Foreign Affairs and Trade
  3. Convention travel document secondary (United Nations) issued by Foreign Affairs and Trade
  4. Foreign government issued documents (for example, drivers licence)
  5. Medicare card
  6. Enrolment with the Australian Electoral Commission
  7. Security guard or crowd control photo licence
  8. Evidence of right to an Australian government benefit (Centrelink or Veterans’ Affairs)
  9. Consular photo identity card issued by Foreign Affairs and Trade
  10. Photo identity card issued to an officer by a police force
  11. Photo identity card issued by the Australian Defence Force
  12. Photo identity card issued by the Australian Government or a state or territory government
  13. Aviation Security Identification Card
  14. Maritime Security Identification Card
  15. Credit reference check
  16. Australian tertiary student photo identity document
  17. Australian secondary student photo identity document
  18. Certified academic transcript from an Australian university
  19. Trusted referees report
  20. Bank card
  21. Credit card

Change of name

If you provide identity documents using a former name, you must provide evidence of your name change. This means providing a change of name certificate issued by the Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages or an Australian marriage certificate issued by a state or territory, in addition to your four identity documents. Church or celebrant-issued certificates are not accepted.

Special provisions for proof of identity

The ACIC recognises that in exceptional circumstances you may not be able to meet the minimum proof of identity requirements. Please contact Veritas Check to assess your ability to meet the requirements and determine the most suitable method to confirm your identity.

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