Identity Documents​

Your National Police Check starts with these documents

We want to make the screening process as simple as possible. Before you begin your National Police Check, there are certain documents you will need to provide in order to fulfill the proof of identity requirements. Most of these documents should be easily accessible however, we recognise that in some cases it may be difficult to meet all of the requirements. In such cases, please contact us and we will work with you to determine the most suitable method to confirm your identity.

Proof of Identity Documents

It is a requirement of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) that a minimum of four (4) identity documents and a self-captured photo must be provided. Each document will need to be uploaded via the secure ProbityPeople portal when you complete your National Police Check.

Document Type Required Documents
Commencement of Identity Minimum of one (1) document is required from this section
Primary Use in the Community Minimum of one (1) document is required from this section
Secondary Use in the Community Minimum of two (2) documents are required from this section
Self-Captured Photo (selfie) Holding Photo ID Minimum of one (1) photo is required


If you have gathered your four (4) identity documents and have taken a self-captured photo, you are ready to complete your National Police Check.

Change of name

If you provide identity documents using more than one name (i.e. a former name), you must provide evidence of your name change. This must be a Change of Name Certificate issued by the Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages or an Australian Marriage Certificate issued by a State or Territory, in addition to your four identity documents. Church or celebrant-issued certificates are not accepted.

Special provisions for Proof of Identity

The ACIC recognises that in some circumstances you may not be able to meet the minimum proof of identity requirements. In this case, please contact us to assess your ability to meet the requirements and determine the most suitable method to confirm your identity.

  • Australian Passport (current, not expired)
  • Australian Visa (current at time of entry to Australia as a resident or tourist) * Please note that when a Visa is provided as a 'Commencement Document', corresponding passport to this visa must be uploaded.
  • ImmiCard issued by Department of Home Affairs (previously the Department of Immigration and Border Protection) that enables the cardholder to prove their visa and/or migration status and enrol in services
  • Australian Citizenship Certificate
  • Australian Birth Certificate (not an extract or birth card)

  • Australian Passport (current, not expired)
  • Australian drivers licence (current), learner permit or provisional licence issued by a state or territory, showing a signature and/or photo and the same name as claimed
  • ImmiCard issued by Department of Home Affairs (previously the Department of Immigration and Border Protection) that enables the cardholder to prove their visa and/or migration status and enrol in services
  • Australian marriage certificate issued by a state or territory (church or celebrant-issued certificates are not accepted)
  • Passport (current, not expired) issued by a country other than Australia with a valid entry stamp or visa
  • Proof of Age or Photo Identity Card (current, not expired) issued by an Australian Government agency in the name of the applicant, with a photo
  • Shooters or Firearms Licence (current) showing a signature and photo (not minor or junior permit or licence)
  • For persons under 18 years of age with no other Primary Identity Documents, Australian Student Identification Card (current) with a signature or photo

  • Medicare Card
  • Bank Card, Credit Card or Bank Statement (without recording the payment/card number/s)
  • Australian Private Health Insurance Card
  • Australian utility bill, showing name and address
  • Relationship Certificate issued by a state or territory Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Australian secondary or tertiary student photo identity document
  • Enrolment With The Australian Electoral Commission
  • Australian Trade Association card
  • Australian Aviation Security Identification Card
  • Australian Maritime Security Identification Card
  • Australian Firearms Licence
  • Australian Security guard or crowd control photo licence
  • Evidence of right to an Australian government benefit (Centrelink or Veterans' Affairs)
  • State/territory government rates assessment notice or Australian Taxation Office assessment notice
  • Certified academic transcript from an Australian university or a registered higher education provider
  • Photo Identity Card issued to an officer by a police force
  • Photo Identity Card issued by the Australian Defence Force
  • Photo Identity Card issued by the Australian Government or a state or territory government (this may take the form of a Working with Children or Vulnerable People card or a government issued occupational licence)
  • Certificate of Identity issued by DFAT to refugees and non-Australian citizens for entry to Australia
  • Document of Identity issued by DFAT to Australian citizens or persons who have the nationality of a Commonwealth country for travel purposes
  • Convention travel document secondary (United Nations) issued by DFAT
  • Foreign Government Issued documents (for example, drivers licence)
  • Consular photo identity card issued by DFAT
  • Credit reference check
  • Trusted referees report

In addition to providing the minimum four identity documents , applicants must provide a self-captured photo of themselves holding their photo ID. This is a legal requirement by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) to ensure that the applicant presenting the identity documents is the person to which the documents relate.

The purpose for this is to prove that you are the person in your photo ID.

Instructions for applicants:

  • Take a self-captured photo (selfie) of yourself holding your photo ID
  • Ensure this is a headshot
  • Ensure the photo ID you are holding is clear and readable
  • Ensure the photo captures the entire Passport; and your entire face and shoulders, like the sample image below
    self-captured photo

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