Guarantor/Referee

To help us identify the person applying for an Australian passport, applicants may need to provide us with information about a person who can vouch for them—a guarantor/referee. 

All guarantors/referees must meet the required criteria below depending on whether they are in Australia or overseas.

What we need the guarantor/referee to do is slightly different depending on the application form used by the applicant:

1. Passport Application form (online or paper)

For the existing online form (which requires you to print the whole form not just a checklist) and for paper forms, this person is called a guarantor.  The guarantor/referee is required to complete Section 11 of the application form and endorse the back of one passport photo by writing 'This is a true photo of (applicant's full name)' and signing in black pen.

2. New online application

For the new online application, this person is called a referee. 

Applicants need to provide the details of a referee. 

The referee may be contacted by the Australian Passport Office in relation to the application so they must consent to their details being provided in the application form.  

The referee does not need to sign the application checklist or endorse or sign a passport photo.

In Australia, the guarantor/referee must:

  • be an Australian citizen who is 18 years of age or over
  • have known the applicant for at least 12 months (or, for children under one year, since birth)
  • not be related to the applicant by birth, marriage, de facto or same sex relationship
  • not live at the applicant's address
  • possess a current (unexpired) Australian passport that was issued with at least two years validity OR have been on the Australian electoral roll at their current address for the past 12 months;

Overseas, the guarantor/referee must:

  • be 18 years of age or over
  • have known the applicant for at least 12 months (or, for children under one year, since birth)
  • not be related to the applicant by birth, marriage, de facto or same sex relationship
  • not live at the applicant's address
  • possess a current (unexpired) Australian passport that was issued with at least two years validity OR be currently employed in an approved professional or occupational group. Details of these groups can be obtained from the Australian diplomatic or consular mission where the application will be lodged.