You need certified copies if you want to provide identity documents by:
What is a certified copy?
A certified copy is a document that has been verified by someone with the legal authority to say it is a true and correct copy of the original document.
The certifier needs to see the original document along with the copy. They will examine the copy, then stamp and sign it.
How to certify a document
- Get a copy of your original document:
- If you don’t have a printer, you can get a copy from a print shop or your local library
- The copy can be in black and white and needs to be clear and show all information.
- Bring the original document along with the copy to:
If you are applying from other Australian states or territories, you can get documents certified by a sworn member of the police or any Justice of the Peace.
If you live outside Australia, you can provide overseas equivalents to Australian identity documents.
To certify documents outside Australia, bring a copy and the original document to:
- An Australian consulate or embassy official
- A Notary Public
- A local member of the police.
Documents in languages other than English
If any of your documents aren't in English, you'll need:
- Certified copies of your identity documents, and
- Certified English translations by an approved translator. The translator will certify their translation.
If you are in Australia, the translator must be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). Learn more about translated documents.
Ways to supply certified documents: