ID Required for Australian Police Checks

Identification Documents that ACIC requires for an Australian Police Check

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) requires FOUR pieces of identification to be able to process an Australian Police Check, as well as linkage between the individual and their ID documentation.

The combination of identity documents must contain the following:

  • Each piece of ID must detail the applicant’s name.
  • At least one of the ID documents provided must contain the applicant’s date of birth.
  • At least one of the ID documents provided must contain a photograph of the applicant.

This is a guide as to which ID documents are accepted.

If the applicant can not meet the ID requirements, please contact us on 02 4023 0603 or email

Commencement of Identity Document

The applicant will need to provide one document from the following Commencement of Identity Document list. 

  • Full Australian birth certificate (not an extract or birth card). 
  • Current Australian passport (or no more than two years expired). 
  • Australian visa current at time of entry to Australia as a resident or tourist. 
  • 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 enroll in services. 
  • Certificate of identity issued by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (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.
  • Certificate of evidence of resident status. 

Primary Use in Community Document

The applicant will need to provide one document from the following Primary Use in Community Document list.

  • Current Australian drivers licence, learner permit or provisional licence issued by a state or territory, showing a signature and/or photo and the same name as claimed. 
  • Australian marriage certificate issued by a state or territory (church or celebrant-issued certificates are not accepted). 
  • Current passport issued by a country other than Australia with a valid entry stamp or visa. 
  • Current proof of age or photo identity card issued by an Australian Government agency in the name of the applicant, with a signature and photo. 
  • Current shooters or firearms licence showing a signature and photo (not minor or junior permit or licence). 
  • For persons under 18 years of age with no other Primary Use in Community Documents, a current student identification card with a signature or photo. 

Secondary Use in Community Document

The applicant will need to provide two different documents from the following Secondary Use in Community Document list. 

  • Certificate of identity issued by DFAT 
  • Document of identity issued by DFAT 
  • Convention travel document secondary (United Nations) issued by DFAT 
  • Foreign government issued documents (for example, drivers licence) 
  • Medicare card
  • Enrolment with the Australian Electoral Commission 
  • Security guard or crowd control photo licence 
  • Evidence of right to an Australian government benefit (Centrelink or Veterans’ Affairs) 
  • Consular photo identity card issued by DFAT 
  • 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 
  • Aviation Security Identification Card
  • Maritime Security Identification card 
  • Credit reference check 
  • Australian tertiary student photo identity document 
  • Australian secondary student photo identity document 
  • Certified academic transcript from an Australian university 
  • Trusted referees report
  • Private health care card 
  • Boat licence 
  • Fishing licence 
  • State/territory government rates assessment notice or Australian Taxation Office assessment notice
  • Australian utility bill showing name and address
  • Australian Trade Association card

Linking the candidate to their identification documents

In order for us to process an application for an Australian Police Check with ACIC, we must link the applicant with their photo ID.

To perform this linkage, we will visually compare the candidate’s face against the photograph on one of the identity documents they have provided. The most widely used way of carrying out this linkage is to have the applicant provide a ‘linkage photo’.

 We therefore need the applicant to:

  1. Hold up their photo ID next to their face
  2. Take a close-up photo or “selfie” of their face with their photo ID held up next to it
  3. Ensure we can see the applicant’s face and their photo ID in the photo that is uploaded 

If the applicant is unable to provide this linkage photo, please contact us for an alternative method.

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