Here we have detailed the acceptable identification documents you'll need to complete application forms for:
Each applicant and their spouse or de facto partner must satisfy each proof of identity category.
The documents listed below are the preferred proof of identity documents.
If you are unable to provide a proof of identity document, contact us.
The document must show your birthname or the name used when you migrated to Australia.
Evidence of Change of Name is required if the name on any document presented is different to the name provided in the application. That is a link between former name and current name (e.g. Marriage Certificate or Change of Name Certificate issued by the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages).
You must provide one of the following.
|Foreign Passport and current Australian Visa issued for entry into Australia||Where your visa label is not current or is not placed on your passport please contact the Department of Home Affairs to arrange for a label to be placed on your passport (except for New Zealand Citizens).|
|Foreign Passport and Citizenship Certificate||Australian Citizen Certificate.|
|New Zealand Passport||New Zealand citizens only need to produce their New Zealand passport as their Special Category Visa issued under section 32 of the Migration Act 1958 satisfies the permanent resident requirement for the grant. |
New Zealand citizens must however be living in Australia at the commencement date of the eligible transaction.
Only acceptable where foreign passport is no longer available. You must provide a written statement explaining:
If you are unable to provide sufficient preferred proof of identity documents, the following documents are required.
|Place of birth||Document(s) required|
|Australia||Australian Birth Certificate issued by Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages is the only acceptable document.|
Foreign Passport and one of the following:
|Certificate of Identity||Certificate of Identity issued by Department of Foreign Affairs for one time use by Australians travelling overseas|
|Change of Name Certificate||Change of Name Certificate issued by a Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages. Only in cases other than change of name by marriage|
|Australian Marriage Certificate||Original Australian Marriage Certificate (full) Issued by State Government agency. Not church or celebrant issued|
|Australian Divorce Certificate||Original Australian Divorce Certificate (Decree nisi)|
|Share certificates||Share certificate issued in your name|
|Term deposits||Term deposit notice in your name|
|Other financial papers||Other financial papers or documents in your name such as superannuation statements|
|Health Insurance card||Current health insurance card showing your name|
|Trade certificate||Original Australian trade certificate in your name|
|Registration certificate from a professional board||Registration certificate from a National or State/Territory Professional Registration Board e.g. Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, Physiotherapists and Accountants|
|Defence discharge papers||Australian armed services discharge papers|
|Motoring Association Card membership||Current membership card or documents issued in your name: NRMA, RACQ, RACV, RAA, RACT, RAC (WA), AANT|
|Education institution ID card||Current education institution ID card issued in your name|
|Rates notice||Current rates notice in your name and current address|
|Mortgage papers||Legally drawn mortgage papers showing your name and current address|
|Lease or tenancy agreement||Formal lease or tenancy agreement in your name and current address|
|Electoral enrolment||Proof of electoral enrolment – card issued in your name and current address|
|Work notice/reports/reference||Termination notice, report or reference from employer in your name and current address, verified with employer|