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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:

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
    or
  • 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 Citizenship:

  • Certificate of Evidence of Resident Status
  • Visa Evidence Card—with PL056 visa label attached
Current

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

  • Permanent Resident Evidence ImmiCard
  • Evidence of Immigration ImmiCard
  • Document for travel to Australia
  • Temporary Resident Visa

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
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:

  • Driver/rider trainer, pilot/escort vehicle driver, dangerous goods driver, tow truck driver/assistant certificate
  • Bus, taxi or limousine driver
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

Current
Medicare card Current
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.

Acceptable document Status
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

      or

  • 2 category B documents in your married name.

The overseas marriage certificate must show an official crest and the registration number.

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.

Acceptable document Status
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:

If you cannot show an identity document

If you cannot show a required evidence of identity document, you can get advice by:

Evidence of identity for organisations

Find out what evidence of identity is required for organisations (PDF, 74KB) that are doing business with us.

Last updated
26 September 2014

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