Evidence of identity
We need evidence of your identity before we can give you a Queensland driver licence or replace an existing licence. This evidence may also be needed for other transactions, including registering a vehicle.
You can give us this evidence by showing your Queensland-issued:
- current driver licence or one that has expired less than 2 years ago
- adult proof of age card
- industry authority card for example a taxi driver licence
- marine licence indicator.
If you do not have these, you will need to present 3 original evidence of identity documents:
- 1 category A document + 2 category B documents
- 2 category A documents + 1 category B document.
At least 1 of your category A or category B documents must show your signature.
You will have to show more documents if your:
All documents must be originals—photocopies and certified copies are not acceptable. The department may keep a copy of your evidence of identity documents or information about them to verify these documents with the issuing agency or a document verification service.
Category A documents
Category A documents show evidence of the legal existence of your name and date of birth. The document must show your full name.
Acceptable Category A documents include:
|Category A document||Status|
|Australian photo driver licence||Current or expired less than 2 years|
|Australian birth certificate—full, not an extract or commemorative certificate||Current|
|Bicentennial birth certificate—issued for births in 1988||Current|
|Australian citizenship or naturalisation certificate||Current|
|Department of Immigration and Border Protection:
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Note: an Electronic Travel Authority is not an acceptable evidence of identity document
|Valid up to 5 years after issue|
|Queensland or Australian Federal Police officer photo identity card||Current|
|Queensland government issued photographic high risk work licence||Current or expired less than 2 years|
|Australian or foreign passport||Current or expired less than 2 years|
|Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Document of Identity||Current or expired less than 2 years|
|Laminated Queensland accreditation:
||Current or expired less than 2 years|
|Queensland 18+ card (laminated)||Issued after 1 January 1992|
Category B documents
Category B documents show evidence of the use of your name in the community. We will accept a Category B document that shows your initial/s and surname if it matches the full name on your Category A document.
Acceptable Category B documents include:
|Category B document||Status|
|Australian Defence Force photo identity card—excluding civilians||Current|
|Australian firearm licence—with photo||Current|
|Australian security guard or crowd controller licence—with photo||Current|
|Department of Veterans’ Affairs or Centrelink Pensioner Concession card—including Health Care cards||Current|
|Educational institution student identity document—must include photo and/or signature||Current|
Debit or credit card—must include signature and embossed or printed name.
If your card does not have your name or you have a passbook, your bank will need to provide a supporting letter confirming your full name and address linked to that account
|Interstate government-issued or government-approved proof of age card||Current|
Evidence of your name change
If you have changed your name, or the details of your name are different on your identification documents, you must show an original, official document that provides evidence of your change of name.
|Australian marriage certificate (not a ceremonial certificate)||Issued by relevant Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages|
|Australian civil partnership/relationship certificate||Issued by relevant Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages|
|Australian Change of Name certificate||Issued by relevant Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages|
|Australian birth certificate (amended with/without notations)||Issued by relevant Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages|
|Divorce papers (must show the name being reverted to)||Issued by relevant court|
|Deed poll||Issued before 1 February 2004|
Overseas marriage certificate requirements
You can use an official overseas marriage certificate if you also provide:
- 1 category A document in your married name
- 2 category B documents in your married name.
The overseas marriage certificate must show an official crest and the registration number. If the marriage certificate is not in English, a recognised English translation from a translator approved by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) is required.
Evidence of your Queensland residential address
If your evidence of identity documents do not show your current home address in Queensland you will need to prove that you live in Queensland.
|Contract of property purchase, lease/rental document, mortgage/land ownership certificate||Current|
|Electricity, gas or telephone account||Current|
|Queensland local government rates notice||Current|
|Queensland land tax valuation notice||Current|
|Queensland vehicle registration certificate||Current|
|Renewal notice for Queensland driver licence or vehicle registration||Current|
|Bank statement (with corresponding debit or credit card)||Issued within the last 6 months|
|Australian Tax Office (ATO) assessment/tax file number confirmation notice
To avoid identity theft, the Australian Taxation Office recommends that you block out your tax file number before you submit this document.
|Current or previous financial year|
|Australian Electoral Commission document (e.g. acknowledgement of electoral enrolment letter or electoral enrolment card)||Current|
|Official letter from Centrelink or the Department of Human Services||Issued within the last 6 months|
If you genuinely cannot show any of these documents you can:
- complete the Queensland Residency Declaration form (F4208) (PDF, 55KB)
- if you are a student, show a statement from your educational institution’s administrator
- show a statement from your employer.
If you cannot show an identity document
If you cannot show a required evidence of identity document, you can get advice by: