We will not issue an ASIC to a person unless the identification of the applicant has been confirmed and we are satisfied that the person is not an unlawful non-citizen.
A copy of the required documents must be provided with the ASIC application – as of 1 August 2017 it will no longer be necessary to provide certified copies of identification documents. However, the originals of those documents must be presented in-person, for the purposes of identity verification, at the time of ASIC collection. See our information on distributing ASICs to applicants and returning ASICs to CASA.
All applicants must provide a minimum of three identification documents (one each from category A, B and C). A category D document is only required if the category A, B or C do not display proof of a current residential address.
Category A identification document
|Australian birth certificate||Australian birth certificate. No commemorative certificates.|
|Australian citizenship certificate||Official Australian citizenship certificate issued by the Australian Government.|
|Australian citizenship by descent||Official Australian citizenship by descent extract issued by the Australian Government.|
|ImmiCard||ImmiCard (must be current)|
Australian Visa Label, Visa Grant Notice, VEVO email (sent directly to issuing body) or Visa Evidencing Card. Must be presented along with the supporting foreign passport (supporting passport may be expired but must be original).
Note: Australian visa applies to New Zealand citizens.
|Australian protection visa||Australian Visa Label, Visa Grant Notice, VEVO email (sent directly to issuing body) or Visa Evidencing Card. Must be presented with the supporting Australian Convention Travel Document (CTD) also known as a Titre de Voyage. A CTD is issued to a refugee to travel overseas in the absence of being able to obtain a passport from the country of their nationality.|
Category B identification document
|Passport||Australian passport, foreign passport or CTD (must be current). The CTD only meets the requirements for category B if it looks similar to an Australian passport. Older paper-style documents are not acceptable.|
|Driver licence||Australian driver licence, learner permit or foreign driver licence.|
|Australian proof of age card||Australian proof of age card issued by an Australian Commonwealth, State or Territory government.|
|Embassy/Consulate photo identity card||Embassy/Consulate photo identity card.|
|Adult firearms or shooter’s licence||Adult Australian firearms or shooter’s licence showing signature and photo.|
|Industry licence||Australian industry licence such as taxi-cab licence.|
|Police identification card||Australian police identification card from a Commonwealth, State or Territory police service.|
|Australian security licence||Australian security licence or Australian crowd controller licence.|
|Working with vulnerable people card||Australian working with children/vulnerable people card.|
Category C identification document
|Medicare card||Medicare card.|
|Marriage Certificate (or similar)||Official Marriage Certificate, Civil Partnership Certificate, Recognised Details Certificate or Change of Name Certificate.|
|ASIC or MSIC||Aviation or maritime security identification card.|
|Government-issued identity document||Government employee identity card, military identification card or defence discharge papers.|
|Evidence of employment||Payslip/PAYG payment summary less than 6 months old or employment contract with company details e.g. ABN.|
|Evidence of indigenous heritage||Reference or confirmation of identity from an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Organisation.|
|Australian tertiary student ID card||Student ID card issued by an Australian TAFE, university or registered training organisation.|
|Academic transcript/trade certificate||
Academic transcript from a reputable international university or Australian tertiary institution.
Trade Certificate issued by an Australian Registered Training Organisation or recognised industry body.
|Bank card||Credit card or ATM card.|
|Australian government benefits||Evidence of a right to an Australian government benefit, pension or health care card.|
In addition, if one of the documents provided for category A, B or C does not display a current residential address you must provide a Category D document. Document must be less than 6 months old.
Category D identification document
|Australian electoral enrolment||Proof of electoral enrolment in Australia.|
|Australian rate or valuation notice||Rate notices or land valuation notice.|
|Utility account or bank statement||Utility accounts (gas, water, electricity, telephone, internet) or bank account statement.|
|Mortgage papers or tenancy agreement||Mortgage papers, current lease or tenancy agreement.|
|Other evidence of residential address||Evidence of current residential address that is less than 6 months old, and is from a reputable organisation.|
Change of name
All of the applicant’s identification documents must contain exact name matches, unless the name variation is supported by a linking document. Acceptable examples of change of name linkage documents include marriage certificates, change of name certificates and deed poll. A statutory declaration is not an acceptable change of name linkage document.
If an ASIC applicant has a change of name you must notify CASA. This must be in the form of a signed and witnessed statutory declaration and a change of name document issued by Births, Deaths and Marriages.
The applicant may use this linking document to satisfy Category C.
If the holder of an ASIC legally changes their name after an ASIC is issued, the holder must notify the ASIC issuing body within 30 days of the change of name.
Documents issued in a foreign language must be accompanied by a translation. Only translations performed by a translator accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) are acceptable.
Authentication of certain foreign documents
We may require an applicant to have the authenticity of a proof of identification document authenticated by the government that issued the document.
Do I need to submit new photos?
Yes. The photo on your new ASIC must be less than six months old at the time of issue. This means you will be required to submit new passport photos as instructed on the application form (please ensure the photos are secured to the page with sticky tape and that the sticky tape does not cover any part of the image in the photo).