Evidence of identity
To prove your identity you need to provide at least three evidence of identity documents.
Who is this for
People applying for the following need to provide proof of identity.
- A South Australian driver’s licence or boat licence
- Transfer of an interstate or overseas licence
- Change of name
- Registration of a vehicle or vessel for the first time
- A proof of age card
What you need
Proof of identity can be in the form of either:
- One primary and two secondary documents
- Two primary and one secondary documents
These documents together must show:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Current South Australian residential address
- Evidence of change of name, if you have changed your name and it is different to the documents presented.
Primary documents (commencement of identity in Australia)
All primary evidence of identity documents must be in hard copy/physical format or presented with a hard copy/physical document.
- Current Australian passport or one that has expired within the previous three years.
- Current New Zealand passport (where the Australian visa cannot be verified).
- Australian Births, Deaths and Marriages Office-issued full birth certificate showing parental details (A commemorative certificate, or extract is not acceptable.).
- Current Australian visa (with a foreign passport and accompanied by a visa grant notice) or an electronic travel authority (with a foreign passport).
- Australian government immicard (current or expired) (Evidence of Immigration Status or Australian Migration Status or Permanent Resident Evidence or Residence Determination) issued by the Department of Home Affairs.
- Australian Citizenship Certificate, Certificate of Naturalisation. This includes:
- Declaratory Certificate of Australian Citizenship
- Evidentiary Certificate of Australian Citizenship
- Citizenship by Descent extracts (formerly Registration of Citizenship by Descent) or Adoption in accordance with the Hague convention on inter-country adoption certificate issued by the Department of Home Affairs
- Document for travel to Australia issued by the Department of Home Affairs.
- Certificate of Identity or a United Nations Convention Travel Document (Titre de Voyage) issued by the Australian Passport Office (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade).
- Photograph and/or signature stored on the Registrar of Motor Vehicles database.
- South Australian proof of age card (issued after 9 October 2006).
- South Australian or Federal Police Officer photo identity card.
- Current interstate photo driver’s licence or learner’s permit.
Secondary documents (use of identity in Australia)
Secondary evidence of identity documents may be presented either in hard copy/physical or digital format. Electronic statements accessed through your account on an app on your device (e.g. mobile phone or tablet) and internet-printed statements are acceptable.
- Expired (no limit) New Zealand passport (where the Australian visa cannot be verified).
- Current Medicare card, Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card, Health Care Card or Department of Veterans’ Affairs entitlement card that shows your name (may include other persons’ names).
- Interstate equivalent of the South Australian proof of age card issued by an interstate government authority (issued within the previous ten years).
- Employee photo identity card issued by a state/territory or commonwealth government agency (issued within the previous five years).
- Current credit or debit or account card from a bank, building society or credit union that shows your embossed or printed name and signature, or a passbook (up to 12 months old).
- Account statement or a letter from a bank, building society or credit union on the institution’s letterhead or with the institution’s stamp (up to 12 months old).
- Letter from the Australian Taxation Office (which includes your tax file number), Centrelink or Medicare on the institution’s letterhead or with the institution’s stamp (up to 12 months old).
- Current Australia Post issued Keypass ID Card (issued on or after 2 October 2017 (i.e. Must feature red and white Australia Post logo at top left).
- Phone, internet, gas, electricity or water bill on the institution’s letterhead or with the institution’s stamp (up to 12 months old).
- Council rates or land valuation notice (up to 12 months old).
- Contract of sale, lease arrangement or rental receipt for your place of residence (up to two years old).
- Australian Defence Force photo identity card (excluding civilian staff and family).
- Current Defence Housing Agreement.
- Evidence of enrolment to vote from Australian Electoral Commission (up to two years old).
- Australian Taxation Office tax assessment (previous or current financial year).
- Student identity document from an Australian educational institution with a photograph and/or signature (current or expired up to 12 months).
- Certificate or statement of enrolment from an educational institution (up to 12 months old).
- Letter signed by the principal/deputy principal/head of school or a person with authority to sign for the principal/deputy principal/head of school of a recognised educational institution, on the institution’s letterhead (up to 12 months old).
- School report, certificate of accomplishment or enrolment issued by a secondary school in South Australia (up to six months old).
- Occupational licence (Safework SA or Consumer and Business Services) showing photograph
- Armed services discharge document (up to 12 months old).
- Australian-issued security guard or crowd controller licence showing photograph.
- Australian-issued firearms licence showing photograph.
At least one of the three documents presented will need to provide evidence of your current South Australian address. If none of the documents display the address an additional document will be required.
Documents that list middle names as an initial will need to be supported by another acceptable primary document which shows what the initial stands for.
Photocopies, certified extracts of original documents and commemorative certificates will not be accepted.
If documents are not in English, a translation from an approved Australia based translator will be accepted.
If there are genuine reasons for being unable to provide the required documents, you may be able to present an alternative document or complete a non-standard evidence of identity verification form. Contact Service SA for additional information.
Please note, inconvenience or expense are not satisfactory reasons for exemption.
Contact Service SA
Only send general enquiries online. Service SA will respond within three working days.
If the matter is urgent or is specifically about your current licence or registration, please phone or visit a customer service centre instead.
- Registration and driver's licences - 13 10 84 (8.00 am to 6.00 pm)
- Overseas callers - +61 8 8463 3490
GPO Box 1533
Adelaide SA 5001