- What identity documents do I need?
- Birth certificate
- Other identity documents
- What if my birth in Australia wasn’t registered?
- What if my overseas-born child doesn’t have a foreign birth certificate?
Unless you qualify for streamlined renewal, you have to prove your identity by showing us:
- your full birth certificate, and
- documents that prove any change of name or change of gender, and
- other identity documents with your current photo, address and signature.
Any foreign-language documents have to be translated in full by an approved translation service.
If you were born in Australia, you need to provide your full, original Australian birth certificate issued by an Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
If you were born overseas, you need to provide your full, original foreign birth certificate, legalised if necessary, unless:
- you have a full, original Australian birth certificate, or
- you’re an adult applicant and you have an Australian citizenship certificate that shows your gender and place of birth, or
- you’re an adult applicant and you can show us a foreign passport or other official document that has your gender and place of birth.
You need to provide combination 1, combination 2 or combination 3 of the identity documents in categories A, B and C below.
- One document from Category A plus
- One document from Category B. plus
- If neither of these documents shows your current address, one document from Category C that shows your current address.
Combination 2 (only if you can’t present Combination 1)
- Two documents from Category B plus
- One official document that includes your photo plus
- if none of these documents show your current address, you will also need to provide one document from Category C that shows your current address.
- At least three documents from Category C that show your name and current address plus
- One official document that includes your photo and signature e.g. a workplace identity card, student card.
Your application may take longer to process if you use Combination 3. You won’t be eligible for priority processing.
These documents have to be original and current. We don’t accept digital driver licences.
Applications in Australia
These documents have to be originals. They also have to be current, with the exception of the Australian passport.
Applications in Australia
These documents have to be no more than 12 months old when you apply for your passport.
For applications in Australia and overseas
If you were born in Australia and you can’t show us your birth certificate because your birth wasn’t registered, then you'll need to get:
- a full, original Australian birth certificate, or
- a letter from the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the state or territory where you were born confirming that your birth is not registered, or
- a certificate that says your birth is listed in the Northern Territory Aboriginal Population Records, or
- a citizenship certificate from the Department of Home Affairs.
If you identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, don’t apply for a citizenship certificate without calling us first on 131 232.
If your child doesn’t have a birth certificate, then you’ll need to get one.
If you can’t get an overseas birth certificate, then each person with parental responsibility has to complete aB6 - Child born overseas and no birth certificate (PDF 180.34 KB)
to explain why. Only do this if getting a birth certificate is genuinely impossible, not if it’s simply inconvenient or time-consuming.