Australian Citizenship Application Identity documents

Identity documents for Citizenship Application.

Various form of ID and other evidences are required to be submitted with your Australian Citizenship Application.

Evidence of identity.

Evidence of your identity from birth to the present day is required.

With your Citizenship application you need to provide THREE documents that together will show your:

  • birth name, date of birth and gender
  • photograph
  • signature
  • current residential address

Evidence of Change of Name.

You need to provide official evidence of any change of name. The documents that show your evidence of a change of name can include:

  • an official (non-commemorative) marriage or divorce certificate.
  • change of name documents from an Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, or the relevant overseas authority.
  • other official documents that show links between names you have been known by.

Photograph and Signature.

Photograph and signature are required.

The most common examples of these documents are:

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  • Australian driver’s licence.
  • Pages from your passport (photo, personal details, passport issue and expiry dates)

Birth Certificate.

You need to provide a copy of your full birth certificate, that shows your parents’ names.

Residential Address.

You need to provide evidence of your residential address. These examples of home address documents can include:

  • electricity, gas or water bill
  • rates notice
  • rental contract
  • bank statement

Evidence of arrival into Australia.

You need to provide evidence of your arrival in Australia

Examples of first entry to Australia include:

  • current or previous passport
  • travel document with a visa, such as Document for Travel to Australia, PLO56 (M56) or Titre de Voyage
    proof of entry, passenger list from National Archives of Australia

Proof of Good Character.

Good character documents are required to assess if you are of good character.  This may not need anything from you, unless you have been outside Australia, for too long, since you obtained your Permanent residence visa.

Australian National Police Clearance:
If you are 16 years of age or over, Immigration will obtain this direct from the National Police Checking Service. You are not required to be involved in this.

Overseas Police Clearances:
If you have spent a total of 12 months or more outside Australia since being granted a permanent visa, you need to provide overseas police certificates from every country, including your home country, where you have spent a total of more than 90 days since you turned 18.


Scan all documents in colour for uploading.

If Immigration are not satisfied of your identity, they can’t approve your citizenship application.


Documents Required at Citizenship Test/Interview.

You may be asked for these original documents when you attend your Citizenship Test or Interview.

  • Passport.
  • Drivers license.
  • Birth certificate.
  • Bank Statement or Utilities Bill etc, that shows your Residential address.
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