Individuals and Travellers

Identity documents

All applicants must provide proof of their identity and provide the following documents.

  1. Three (3) original documents that collectively show your:
    • photograph
    • signature
    • current residential address
    • birth name, date of birth and gender.

  2. Proof of change of name, if applicable

  3. Identity declaration completed by a person with the correct authority.

The Identity documents checklist will help you identity suitable documents

Identity documents checklist

If you have difficulty finding suitable documents please call the Citizenship Information Line. In Australia telephone 131 880 between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm Monday to Friday.

Evidence of your date of birth, birth name and any changes of name


A full birth certificate from your country of birth which includes the name of your parent(s), or a family/household registration document
Note – commemorative birth certificates or birth certificates without parent (s) names are not acceptable

Evidence of links between present and previous names, for example a marriage or divorce certificate, if applicable 
Change of name documents from an Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, if applicable 
Documents showing other names that you or your children have been known by. 

A current document with your photograph and/or signature

An Australian driver's licence, or 
A passport, or 
UNHCR document, or 
A national identity card, or 
Other documents containing a signature and photograph such as: an air crew identity document, seafarer identity document, military identity document or student card. 

Evidence of your current residential address

A utilities notice such as electricity, gas or water bill, or 
Rental contracts or rates notice. 

Evidence of your identity in the community


An Identity declaration including one passport-sized photograph both signed by an Australian citizen with the correct authority.

If you are applying using a paper application form, the identity declaration is contained in your form.  If you are applying online, submit Form 1195 – Identity declaration (288KB PDF).


Evidence of when you first arrived in Australia

If you are applying for Australian citizenship by conferral, you are required to provide evidence of your entry to Australia.

Current and previous passport, or 
Travel document with visa such as a Document for Travel to Australia, PLO56 (M56), Titre de Voyage 


You will need to provide documents for any children on your application too, including:

  • a full birth certificate or family register containing parent's details
  • a travel document or passport, if they are not on your passport
  • evidence of links between birth name and current name, if applicable
  • one passport-sized photograph and identity declaration signed by an Australian citizen with the appropriate authority.

If there are any parenting orders relating to your children, or they have been adopted, then you will need to provide these documents too.