Documents that confirm your Australian citizenship and identity

Eligibility for an Australian passport

To be eligible for an Australian passport, you must present original documents (not copies or extracts) that prove your Australian citizenship and identity.

Eligibility to renew an Australian passport

You can renew your passport if you are an Australian citizen aged 18 years or older, and you can present your most recent Australian passport that:

  • was issued when you were 16 years of age or older, and
  • was valid for at least two years when issued, and
  • was issued in your current name, date of birth, place of birth and sex, and
  • is current or expired less than three years ago.

If you are not eligible to renew, you must present the following documents with your completed passport application as primary evidence of citizenship:

  • your Australian citizenship certificate issued by the Commonwealth of Australia (or documents from the register of citizenship by descent/Australian births/adoptions overseas). Some citizenship documents do not specify sex and place of birth; in such cases, you must present additional documents that record this information, preferably your original full birth certificate or a foreign passport. Foreign documents that are not written in English must be accompanied by a translation from an approved translation service.

In addition to the documents listed above, you must present a combination of official documents to support your identity. These documents are organised in three categories (A, B and C).

If none of the documents you present in Combination 1 or Combination 2 shows your current address, you must also present one document from Category C that does so.

Your application may take longer to process if you use Combination 3. 

Combination 1

  • One document from Category A
    plus
  • One document from Category B

Combination 2 (if you cannot present Combination 1)

  • Three documents from Category B, including one that shows your photo

Or

  • Two documents from Category B plus one other official document that includes your photo e.g. a workplace identity card, student card.

Combination 3 (if you cannot present Combination 1 or 2)

  • 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.

CATEGORY A

These documents must be current at the time of application

Applications in Australia Overseas applications
  • Current driving licence issued by an Australian state or territory
  • Proof of age card or Photo Card issued by an Australian state or territory

                 

  • Any of the Australian issued Category A documents
  • Foreign residency identity card
  • Current driving licence issued by a foreign government's driving/traffic/motor vehicle licensing authority

CATEGORY B

These documents must be current at the time of application, with the exception of the Australian passport

Applications in Australia Overseas applications
  • Medicare card
  • Centrelink card
  • Department of Veterans' Affairs card
  • Credit card or bank account card
  • Foreign passport
  • Australian passport (issued on or after 1 July 2000 with more than two years validity that has not been expired for over ten years, or reported lost/stolen)
  • Any of the Australian issued Category B documents shown at left
  • National health card 
  • Social security card
  • Veterans' card
  • Credit card or bank account card
  • National insurance card

     
CATEGORY C All documents presented from Category C must be no more than 12 months old at the time of application
For applications in Australia and overseas
  • Motor vehicle registration or insurance papers
  • Property rates notice
  • Property lease agreement
  • Home insurance papers
  • Utilities bills (e.g. telephone, electricity or gas)
  • Bank or credit card statements

Name changes

You must present original documentation supporting every name change since your birth or acquisition of Australian citizenship. Please see the Name change  section for further details.