ID Requirements for Individual Applicants

As required by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), a minimum of four ID documents must be provided from the following categories. See the below table for what ID documents are accepted:

1 x Commencement of Identity
1 x Primary Use in the Community
2 x Secondary Use in the Community
1 x Self-Captured Photo

ID documentation must include the following information:

Your ID documents, as a set, must include your:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Photograph
    • Australian government issued ‘photo card’
    • Immicard issued by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection
    • Police Force, Australian Defence Force or an Australian Government agency photo ID card
      Australian university/tertiary institution photo ID card.
    • If none of these documents contains a photograph, you must submit a passport style photograph certified by a person listed in Schedule 2 of the Statutory Declarations Regulations 1993

If documents using a former name are provided, evidence of the name change must be included in addition to the four ID documents. These can include:

  • 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 (church or celebrant-issued certificates are not accepted)
  • Australian birth certificate - full certificate required, not an extract or birth card
  • Australian passport - not expired
  • Australian visa that is current at the time of entry into Australia as a resident or tourist (Find out how to obtain your visa details)
  • ImmiCard issued by Immigration and Border Protection that enables the cardholder to prove their visa and/or immigration status and enrol in services
  • Certificate of identity issued by Foreign Affairs and Trade to refugees and non-Australian citizens for entry to Australia
  • 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
  • Australian Citizenship certificate
  • Australian driver’s licence (current) – learner permit or provisional licence issued by a state or territory, showing a signature and/or photo and the same name as claimed
  • Australian marriage certificate issued by a state or territory (church or celebrant-issued certificates are not accepted)
  • Passport (current) issued by a country other than Australia with a valid entry stamp or visa – must be accompanied by a current Australian Visa (VEVO printout is acceptable)
  • Proof of age or photo identity card (current) issued by an Australian Government agency in the name of the applicant, with a signature and photo
  • Shooters or firearms licence (current) showing a signature and photo (not minor or junior permit or licence)
  • Student identification card (current) with signature or photo for persons under 18 years of age with no other Primary Use in Community Documents
  • Medicare card
  • Bankcard
  • Credit card
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade – certificate of identity
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade – a document of identity
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade – convention travel document secondary (United Nations)
  • Foreign government-issued documents (for example, drivers licence)
  • Australian Electoral Commission enrolment
  • Security guard or crowd control photo licence
  • Evidence of right to an Australian government benefit (Centrelink or Veterans’ Affairs
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade – Consular photo identity card
  • Police force – photo identity card issued to an officer
  • Australian Defence Force – photo identity card
  • Australian Government or a state or territory government – photo identity card
  • Aviation Security Identification Card
  • Maritime Security Identification card
  • Credit reference check
  • Australian tertiary student photo identity document
  • Australian secondary student photo identity document
  • Certified academic transcript from an Australian university
  • Trusted Referee Report

Special provisions

If you cannot provide the above minimum proof of identity documentation, the ACIC can, in exceptional circumstances, allow you to use a different combination of documents to verify your identity. Learn more about special provisions here.

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