Identification Requirements

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ACIC has adopted the standards of the National Identity Security Strategy, particularly concerning the acceptability of proof of identity documents. 

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.

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 the time of entry to Australia as a resident or tourist
  4. ImmiCardissued by Immigration and Border Protection that enables the cardholder to prove their visa and migration status and enrol in services
  5. Certificate of identity issued by Foreign Affairs and Trade to refugees and non-Australian citizens for entry to Australia
  6. 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 photo and the same name as claimed
  2. Current passport issued by a country other than Australia with a valid entry stamp or visa
  3. 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
  4. Current shooters or firearms licence showing a signature and photo (not minor or junior permit or licence)

At least 2 'Secondary Use in the Community' documents

  1. A foreign government-issued documents(for example, drivers licence)
  2. Medicare card
  3. Enrolment with the Australian Electoral Commission
  4. Security guard crowd control photo licence
  5. Evidence of right to an Australian government benefit(Centrelink or Veterans’ Affairs)
  6. Consular photo identity card issued by Foreign Affairs and Trade
  7. Photo identity card issued to an officer by a police force
  8. Photo identity card issued by the Australian Defence Force
  9. Photo identity card issued by the Australian Government or a state or territory government
  10. Aviation Security Identification Card
  11. Maritime Security Identification Card
  12. Credit reference check
  13. Australian tertiary student photo identity document



Federal Police Check

When applying for a Federal Police Check, you must provide proof of your identity.

You are required to provide 100 points of identification, one of which must be either a passport (Australian or International) or an Australian Drivers License. 

Category A

Each document is worth 70 points

  • Australian Passport (current, or expired within the previous two years, but not cancelled)
  • International Passport (current, or expired within the previous two years, but not cancelled)



The first document is worth 40 points, and each additional document is worth 25 points:

  • Australian Driver's License
  • Current Licence or Permit (Government Issued)
  • Working With Children/Teachers Registration Card
  • Aviation Security Identification Card/Maritime Security Identification Card
  • Public Employee Photo ID Card (Government Issued)
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs Card
  • Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card
  • Current Tertiary Education Institution Photo ID



Each document is worth 25 points

  • Birth Extract
  • Foreign/International Driver’s Licence
  • Proof of Age Card (Government Issued)
  • Medicare Card/Private Health Care Card
  • Council Rates Notice
  • Property Lease/Rental Agreement
  • Property Insurance Papers
  • Australian Tax Office Assessment
  • Superannuation Statement
  • Seniors Card
  • Motor Vehicle Registration or Insurance Documents
  • Professional or Trade Association Card

If relied upon, the following documents must be from different organisations:

  • Utility Bills (e.g. Telephone, Gas, Electricity, Water)
  • Credit/Debit Card
  • Bank Statement/Passbook

Change of Name:

If the 100 Points of ID provided are under two or more different names (e.g. birth certificate in maiden name and driver's license in married name) then further identification documents will need to be provided as evidence of a name change (e.g. Marriage Certificate issued by a State or Territory Registry of Birth, Deaths and Marriages or Divorce Papers issued by the Family Court).

These documents DO NOT count towards the 100 Points of ID. If you use a change of name document, you must provide the other names you have used in the "Other Names" section of the online application form.