You may need to provide evidence of your identity when making an application at VicRoads (e.g. to register a vehicle or get your licence). Without the right documents you will not be able to complete your application.
Providing false and/or misleading information or documents is a serious offence under the Road Safety Act 1986 and/or Marine Safety Act 2010 and can result in you being fined or imprisoned. Any authority or approval, given as a result of you providing such information/documents, may be reversed and have no effect.
How many identity documents do I need?
The most you will need to provide for any application is:
one Category A evidence document (e.g. Passport or full Australian Birth Certificate)
one Category B evidence document (e.g. Medicare or bank card)
evidence of Victorian residence (if your address is not shown on the Category A or Category B documents)
evidence of change of name (if your name is different on the Category A and Category B documents).
Important: The name on your Category A and Category B documents must be the same or else you must provide evidence of change of name as described above. Commemorative Birth Certificates and extracts are not accepted.
Accepted identity documents
Identity documents must be original. Copies are not accepted. Documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation (opens new window).
Category A documents One of the following documents must be current or expired by no more than two years:
Australian photo drivers licence or permit photo card
Victorian Marine licence photo card
Victorian Firearm licence photo card
Victorian Security Guard/Crowd Controller photo card
An overseas passport. (If expired by no more than two years it is acceptable if accompanied by a current Australian visa (e.g. permanent residency or a temporary visa)
document of identity issued by the Passport Office (usually issued to travelers to Norfolk Island)
Australian police force officer photo identity card
Consular photo identity card issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Full Australian birth certificate or change of name registration issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. (Note: Birth extracts and Commemorative birth certificates are not accepted)
Australian naturalization or citizenship certificate, or a Document for Travel to Australia or a Visa Evidence Card or a Community detention: letter of introduction, issued by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship or the Passport Office (read note 1)
NSW Photo Card (issued by NSW RMS after 14 December 2008).
Current driver licence photo image held by VicRoads, provided your identity has been confirmed previously.
Notes1.For applicants under 16 years of age the document (if issued prior to July 2004) may be in the name of a parent or legal guardian provided that the applicant is also listed on the document. The parent’s licence is sighted and the number recorded. If the parent does not hold a licence, a statutory declaration must be provided. Post July 2004, all applicants are issued with individual citizenship documents.
Applicants presenting with an ‘E’ Visa issued by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship are also accepted as long as VicRoads can verify its authenticity. If you require further information regarding the ‘E’ visa authentication process, visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.
A Visa Evidence card or Immigration cards must be current or accompanied by supporting documentation issued by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
2.A Community detention: letter of introduction is sufficient proof for both residence and identity.
Category B documents
state or federal government employee photo ID card
Department of Veteran’s Affairs card
Pensioner Concession card
current entitlement card issued by the Commonwealth
student identity card
any Australian or overseas credit card or account card from a bank, building society or credit union
Working with Children Check card
Australian Proof of Age card
Australian Keypass card
Australian Defence Force photo identity card (excluding civilian staff).
One of these documents:
One of these documents that is current or no more than one year old (internet printed statements are acceptable):
passbook or bank account statement showing the institutions letterhead or stamp
telephone, gas or electricity bill showing the institutions letterhead or with a stamp
Letters from ATO, Centrelink, Bank and Medicare showing institutions letterhead or stamp.
One of these documents that is current or no more than two years old:
water rates, council rates or land evaluation notice
electoral enrollment card or other evidence of enrollment
armed services discharge papers
current Victorian Driving Authority photo identity card.
Evidence of Victorian residence
contract of sale, lease, or rental document that shows your current address
current renewal notice for a driver licence or vehicle registration
Australian Taxation Office Assessment (last or current financial year).
You will need one of the following documents if your Victorian residential address is not shown or is different on your Category A or Category B evidence documents:
If you still cannot establish evidence of your Victorian residence, you must provide a referee statement which must:
be signed by a Victorian driver licence holder who has known you for 12 months or more, and
the referee’s name, licence number and signature.
This statement is made on the learner permit or licence application form.
You will need one of the following documents if your name is different on the Category A and Category B evidence documents:
marriage certificate issued by a Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Australia
divorce papers (showing the name being reverted to)
deed Poll (issued before November 1986 in Victoria)
change of Name Certificate (issued after November 1986 in Victoria).
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