If we need more documents to prove your identity for a Centrelink payment
How to provide more identity documents.
We may ask you to provide us more identity documents. We’ll let you know what we need. We may ask you to bring some of the documents to a service centre.
You can call us if current circumstances prevent you from attending a service centre.
To complete our identity requirements, we need 1 original document from each of these categories:
- a commencement document to show your birth or arrival in Australia
- a primary document to show the use of your identity in the community
- a secondary document to show the use of your identity in the community.
At least 1 of these documents must have a photo of you on it.
|Current document||Details||Accepted Photo ID|
|Australian birth certificate||A full birth certificate in your name or former name issued by Births, Deaths and Marriages. We can’t accept birth extracts or birth cards.||No|
|Australian visa||A resident or tourist visa issued in your name or former name.||No|
|Australian citizenship certificate||Issued in your name or former name. If your name appears on your parents’ certificate, you can use that.||No|
|ImmiCard||A card issued in your name or former name by the Department of Home Affairs.||Yes|
|Australian passport||Issued in your name or former name, within 3 years of the expiry date.||Yes|
|Certificate of identity||Issued in your name or former name by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.||Yes|
|Document of identity||Issued in your name or former name by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.||Yes|
|Current document||Details||Accepted Photo ID|
|Australian driver licence||A current driver licence with your photo issued in your name. This includes physical and digital driver licences, current learner permits and provisional licences.||Yes|
|Australian marriage certificate||Issued by a state or territory government. We can’t accept ceremonial, church or celebrant issued certificates.||No|
|Foreign passport||A current passport issued by another country, with a valid entry stamp or visa.||Yes|
|Proof of age card||Issued by a state or territory government in your name with your photo or signature.||Yes|
|Shooter or firearm licence||A current licence, issued in your name with your photo or signature. We can’t accept minor or junior permits or licences.||No|
|Secondary student ID card||A current ID card, issued in your name with your photo or signature. You can only use this if you're under 18 and don’t have the other documents.||Yes|
|Security licence||A current security protection industry or crowd control licence. It must be in your name and show your photo or signature.|
|Bank or financial institution card, statement or passbook||Issued by a bank, credit union or building society. Cards Statements or passbooks must be current, in your name. Your signature must be on the card and your current address on the statement or passbook. We can’t accept documents from foreign banks or institutions.|
|Child’s Australian birth certificate||Birth certificate with your name as a parent or guardian.|
|Australian Defence Force identity card||Issued by the Australian Defence Force and shows your name and photo or signature.|
|Australian divorce papers||In your name or former name. For example, a Decree Nisi or Decree Absolute.|
|Australian educational certificate||From a school, TAFE, university or Registered Training Organisation. This must be in your name or former name.|
|Certified Australian academic transcript||From a university in your name or former name.|
|Australian mortgage papers||For a property in your name or former name. These need to be legally drawn.|
|Name change||Legal change of name or deed poll certificate.|
|Veterans’ Affairs card||A current card issued in your name.|
|Tenancy agreement or lease||A current formal agreement or lease in your name and showing your address.|
|Motor vehicle registration||Current registration papers with your name, address and proof of payment.|
|Documents issued by foreign governments||Foreign birth, marriage or education certificate. Driver licence, national identity card or a lapsed passport.|
|Australian government issued photo ID card||A current photo ID card issued by the Commonwealth, state or territory in your name.|
|Rates notice||A paid rates notice issued in your name with your address that is less than 12 months old.|
|Utility account||Water, gas, electricity or phone account with a receipt number. This must be in your name, show your address and be less than 12 months old. Must be a paid account.|
|Australian student ID card||A current student ID card from a secondary school, TAFE, university or Registered Training Organisation. It must have your name with your photo or signature.|
|Electoral enrolment||Proof of enrolment card in your name and showing your address.|
|Aviation security identity card||A current card issued in your name with your photo or signature.|
|Maritime security identity card||A current card issued in your name with your photo or signature.|
|Police identity card||A current card issued in your name with your photo or signature.|
|Prison release certificate||In your name with your photo or signature.|
|Tangentyere Community ID card||A current card issued in your name and with your photo.|
Page last updated: 21 August 2020
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