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.

You will need to provide four identity documents to verify your identity; one of these documents must be a ‘commencement of identity document’.  A commencement of identity document will normally be a:

  • full Australian Birth Certificate—not an extract or birth card, and not a commemorative certificate
  • a current Australian Passport
  • a valid Australian Visa (which may be in the form of a Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) record or printout)
  • an Australian Citizenship Certificate
  • an official immigration record or document issued by the Department of Home Affairs or the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

If you are a New Zealand citizen or on a Special Category Visa you can request your VEVO details from the Department of Home Affairs via their website.

You will also need to provide a ‘primary use in the community document’.  A primary use in the community documents may be a:

  • current Australian driver licence, learner permit or provisional licence
  • a current foreign passport (with an accompanying Australia Visa)
  • current proof of age card or photo identity card issued by a government agency
  • a current shooter or firearm licence (not a minor or junior permit)

Two ‘secondary use in the community documents’.  As a guide, you could provide:

  • your Medicare card
  • evidence of your enrolment with the Australian Electoral Commission
  • a foreign government issued document—such as a drivers licence, or marriage certificate
  • a government agency issued photo identity card
  • your Aviation Security Identification Card, or Maritime Security Identification Card
  • a bank card or credit card (the accredited body does not need to collect or record the number of your bank card or credit card and you should ask how this information will be removed if you provide a copy as part of your application). 

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 are required e.g. Marriage Certificate or Change of name certificate issued by a State or Territory Registry of Birth, Deaths and Marriages.

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.