Proof of identity
Individuals applying for a check must provide 100 points of identification to prove their identity. This requirement also applies to sole traders, contractors and self-employed people.
There are three ways to provide 100 points of identification for your check application.
- As part of your online application process, you can provide your Australian drivers licence and a current Australian passport, an Australian birth certificate (not an extract), or an Australian citizenship certificate.
- A permitted verifier (PDF 234.3 KB) from the organisation starting a check application online on behalf of an individual can provide information for the 100-point identification check.
- If one of the options above isn’t possible, you or the organisation can:
- print a copy of your fully paid online check application
- show your original identity documents to an independent permitted verifier
- mail the completed application and signed copies of your identity documents to the Screening Unit.
100-point identification check documents
The combination of identity documents must include the individual’s:
- full name
- date of birth
- relevant documents from either Category A or Category B below.
If an individual does not have a photographic identity document, they must submit a passport-style photograph that has been certified by an individual listed in Schedule 2 of the Statutory Declarations Regulations 2018.
Category A – each document is worth 70 points
Only one document from this category is accepted.
- Birth certificate (not an extract)
- Australian passport (current, or expired within the previous two years, but not cancelled)
- Australian citizenship certificate
- International passport (current, or expired within the previous two years, but not cancelled)
- Other identity document with the same characteristics as a passport e.g. diplomatic/refugee (photo or signature)
Category B – the first document is worth 40 points, each additional document is worth 25 points
- Current drivers licence or permit (government-issued)
- Working with children/teachers’ registration card
- Aviation security identification card/maritime security identification card
- Public employee photo ID card (government-issued)
- Department of Veterans' Affairs card
- Centrelink pensioner concession card or health care card
- Current tertiary education institution photo ID
- Reference from a medical practitioner (who has known the individual for at least 12 months)
Category C – each document is worth 25 points
- Birth certificate extract
- Foreign/international driver's licence
- Proof of age card (government-issued)
- Medicare card/private health care card
- Council rates notice
- Property lease/rental agreement
- Property insurance papers
- Australian Tax Office assessment
- Superannuation statement
- Seniors card
- Electoral roll registration
- Motor vehicle registration or insurance documents
- Professional or trade association card
If relied upon, the following documents must be from different organisations:
- Utility bills (telephone, gas, electricity, water)
- Credit/debit card
- Bank statement/passbook
Special provisions apply for the following individuals (who may be unable to meet the identity requirements above)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents of remote or isolated locations
Complete and attach a proof of identity (special provision) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People form (PDF 148.4 KB) to the application (it provides 100 points of ID)
- Immigrant or foreign visitors (who have been in Australia for six weeks or less)
Proof of arrival date and current passport
- People under 18 years of age
One 'Category A' document or a statement from an educational institution (on the institution’s letterhead), signed by the individual's school principal or deputy principal, confirming the individual attends the institution