You must read and sign the declaration on the application form to affirm that the information you have provided is true and correct, and to acknowledge that you understand how your personal information will be handled by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. For more information on the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information, see Protecting your privacy.
For a child application, the declaration must be read and signed by the parent or person with parental responsibility for the child who is lodging the application. The declaration affirms that the information is true and correct and acknowledges that you understand how the child's personal information will be handled by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. For more information on the collection, use and disclosure of personal information, see Protecting your privacy.
It is mandatory for a signature to be included in your passport if you are 10 years of age or older and able to sign. The signature in your passport helps to protect your identity security.
Because the signature that appears in your passport is copied from a signature on your application form, you must sign in black pen inside the relevant box on the form.
For adults, the declaration signature is copied into the passport.
Children aged 10 and over are required to sign the application form in the box provided separately from the declaration (which is signed by a parent or a person with parental responsibility).
If you are physically or mentally incapacitated and are therefore unable to sign, leave the declaration box blank. Instead you will need to provide either:
- a letter from a medical practitioner stating the reasons why you are unable to sign; or
- a general from a person assisting you to apply for a passport, stating the reasons why you are unable to sign.