Documents that confirm your Australian citizenship
! For those born outside of Australia, including children, you must first obtain a citizenship certificate from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
To be eligible for an Australian passport the Australian Passport Office must be satisfied that you are an Australian citizen, and must confirm your identity. Accordingly, when you apply for an Australian passport you will need to provide original documents which confirm your Australian citizenship and your identity. Please note that birth extracts, commemorative certificates, photocopies and fax copies are NOT acceptable.
You must provide one (or more) of these original documents to confirm your Australian citizenship:
- Full Australian birth certificate issued by an Australian state or territory Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. If you were born on or after 20 August 1986, you will also need to provide proof that one of your parents (and in some cases, grandparents) was an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia at the time of your birth.
- Australian citizenship certificate issued by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. If your Australian citizenship document does not show sex or place and country of birth you must also present your foreign birth certificate (with an official English translation where necessary). If this is not possible you must present your foreign passport (and a photocopy of the page confirming your personal details).
- Previous Australian passport if you are using the streamlined passport renewal process (PC7 form). To see if you are eligible, click here.
! If you have changed your name since birth or since gaining Australian citizenship, you will need to provide evidence of this change with your application in addition to proof of citizenship. Please see the change of name section.