Requesting Confirmation Of The Australian Citizenship Status Of A Deceased Person

This page provides guidance on requesting confirmation of the Australian citizenship status of a deceased parent or grandparent. You can only request this confirmation using Form 1391 Request for confirmation of Australian citizenship status of a deceased person, for the following purposes:

  • applying for a passport of another country
  • applying for a foreign pension
  • settling a deceased estate.

Form 1391 cannot be used if you are seeking information for:

  • the purpose of completing a citizenship application, or
  • an Australian passport application, or
  • genealogy or family research purposes.

When the information is confirmed, you will receive a letter from the department confirming the Australian citizenship status of your deceased parent or grandparent.
Note: The department does not issue replacement citizenship certificates for deceased persons.

The letter you receive cannot be used if you are applying for an Australian passport. The Australian Passport Office will not accept the letter as evidence of your parent's or grandparent's Australian citizenship.

If you are applying for an Australian passport and cannot provide your parent's or grandparent's Australian citizenship certificate, you must apply for your own evidence of Australian citizenship by lodging an Form 119 Application for evidence of Australian citizenship (396KB PDF).

If you are applying for:

  • evidence of Australian citizenship (Form 119); or
  • citizenship by descent (Form 118); or
  • citizenship for adopted children (Form 1272);

and do not have evidence of your deceased parent’s Australian citizenship please complete the application form without this information.

If you are seeking access to documents held by the department you should make a request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 using Form 424A Request for access to documents or information.
Note: As the department does not retain copies of citizenship certificates issued to individuals, this information cannot be provided.
See: Form 424A Request for access to documents or information (301KB PDF)

If you are seeking citizenship information that is more than 30 years old and it is for genealogy or family research purposes contact the National Archives of Australia.

Who can request information

You can only request confirmation of the Australian citizenship status of your deceased parent or grandparent for the following purposes.

  • applying for a passport of another country
  • applying for a foreign pension
  • settling a deceased estate.

Step 1. Gather original documents

If you are requesting information about your deceased parent or grandparent, you must provide the following documents:

  • birth certificate showing evidence of your relationship to the deceased parent or grandparent
  • the death certificate of the deceased person.

Note: Additional supporting documents may be requested to establish your relationship to the deceased person.

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

Step 2. Copy and certify your documents

You must copy your original documents and have them certified by an Australian citizen from the designated list of occupations.

If you are overseas when applying, you can have your original documents certified by a citizen of your country of residence who is employed in one of the designated list of occupations.

Step 3. Complete and lodge your application

When completing your – Form 1391 Request for confirmation of Australian citizenship status of a deceased person (283KB PDF) you must ensure that you provide all details requested along with your supporting documentation.

The completed form and certified copies of all supporting document(s) should be posted to:
Citizenship Branch
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
PO Box 25
Belconnen ACT 2616
Australia

Note: Do not send original documents.

The table below describes how to complete the application

TopicAction
Details of person requesting informationRequires you to provide your personal details.
Note: If you change address during the application process you must tell the department your new address by completing a Form 929 Change of address and/or passport details (245KB PDF).
Details of deceased personRequires you to provide the personal details of the deceased person.
DeclarationCarefully read and make sure you understand the terms of this declaration before signing it.
Supporting documentsRequires you to list the supporting documents you are providing with your application.
Use this checklist to make sure you have completed the application correctly and provided certified copies of relevant documents with your request.
Note: Additional supporting documents may be requested to establish your relationship to the deceased person.