Application for an Australian Passport
Who can apply for an Australian passport?
All Australian citizens can apply—if you have any questions or doubts about your Australian citizenship,
visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website: www.citizenship.gov.au
Who should use this form to apply?
Use this form if:
■ you are an Australian citizen who is applying for an Australian passport outside of Australia.
Do NOT use this form if:
■ you are applying for your Australian passport whilst in Australia, or
■ you are renewing your adult Australian passport — check the requirements on page 2 to see
whether you can renew your current passport more quickly using a renewal form.
If you are aged 75 years or over: You have the option to use this form to apply for a seniors’ passport
(with 5 years validity) for a lower fee.
Processing time for your passport: The Passport Office aims to issue a full validity travel document within ten working days
(excluding delivery) if you have met all our requirements and given us all the information we need. If you have an urgent need
to travel, consideration will be given to issuing you with a limited validity emergency passport at the mission. This will attract a
priority processing fee.
By law, the written consent of each person or organisation who has a parental responsibility for the child is required before
a passport may be issued to a child. For further information, read the notes on page 3 or visit www.passports.gov.au
Passport information Your checklist
The following things will help you complete the form correctly, speed up your application
If you have any questions and minimise our requests for further information:
about this form or about
how to get an Australian Completing your form
passport visit our website Use BLACK INK and print well within the boxes in B LOC K L ETTE RS
at: www.passports.gov.au Complete the Application Form in English, and include approved translations of any supporting documentation.
If you wish to comment If you are not required to give information in some parts of the Application Form, leave the boxes blank—
about our service, offer do not mark or cross them out.
suggestions for improvement, Choose an appropriate guarantor to endorse your photograph and complete section 11 of the Application Form.
or register a complaint, Your guarantor must possess an Australian passport or be an Australian or non-Australian currently employed in
contact your nearest an approved professional or occupational group. Please ask the Australian overseas mission for a list of
mission. Lodging your form
For adult passport applications: contact the nearest Australian mission for advice on how to lodge. Child
passport applications should be lodged at the nearest Australian mission by a parent/person with a parental
Check before travelling responsibility for the child. The person lodging the Application Form should also bring proof of their identity.
In certain circumstances, as approved by your nearest Australian mission, you may be able to lodge the
Visit the Department’s website
Application Form by mail.
to view the latest travel advice. Bring to your passport interview
Your completed Application Form (with section 11 completed by your guarantor).
The application fee (non-refundable if travel document is not issued), (and priority processing fee and emergency
Protect your identity passport fee if applicable). Check with the Australian overseas mission for details of the current fee and
acceptable methods and currency of payment.
Lost or stolen passports cause If you are aged under 18: a full original birth certificate showing the names of your parents and
inconvenience and may be used your full name at birth. (Birth extracts and commemorative certificates are not acceptable).
by others to assume your identity Documents that prove your Australian citizenship and your identity (see notes on pages 2, 3 and 5).
for illegal activities. Name change documents (see notes on page 2–3).
Two new colour photographs, with one signed as a true photo of you by your guarantor (see notes on page 4).
Keep your passport Any current Australian travel document you have.
safe at all times. All documents must be originals Online Form PC8_0810
2 Notes for completing the form—Adults
Are you renewing an Australian passport?
If you are 18 years of age or over, and have an Australian adult Visit the passports website at www.passports.gov.au to complete and
passport that: print your renewal form. Phone your nearest mission if you need help.
■ was valid for at least 2 years, and
NOTE: If your passport has been lost or stolen, you will need to complete
■ is current or expired less than 2 years ago, and this form to replace it. All lost or stolen Australian travel documents must be
■ was issued in your current name, date of birth and sex reported immediately to your nearest Australian mission.
…there is a simpler way to apply for your new passport.
What citizenship and identity documents will you need to provide with your application?
When you apply for an Australian passport, you must provide Original documents (and photocopies) to confirm
original documents (and photocopies) from the list on the right your Australian citizenship and identity
that confirms your Australian citizenship and identity.
A full Australian birth certificate, and
If you are providing your Australian birth certificate:
If you were born on or after 20 August 1986, you must also provide one parent’s
■ Birth extracts and commemorative certificates are not acceptable. full Australian birth certificate, Australian passport, Australian citizenship certificate
■ If you were born on or after 20 August 1986, your proof of or Australian permanent resident status that was valid at the time of your birth.
citizenship must also include evidence that one parent was OR
either an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia
at the time of your birth (see the notes on the right). Australian citizenship certificate (or an extract from the register of
citizenship by descent, an extract from the register of Australian births abroad,
If you are providing your Australian citizenship certificate:
or a letter from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship stating that your
■ If your Australian citizenship certificate does not show sex or place
birth abroad has been registered), and
and country of birth, you must also present documentation that
confirms these details (see the notes on the right). If your Australian citizenship document does not show sex or place and country of
If you are unable to provide the required documents from the right birth you must also present your foreign birth certificate (with an official English
that confirms your Australian citizenship and identity contact an translation where necessary). If this is not possible you must present your
Australian mission overseas for advice. foreign passport (and photocopy of the page confirming your personal details).
AND also Category A
If you are aged 18 or over (or have been married) Current driving licence NOTE: International driving licences are not
acceptable forms of identity. A driver’s licence issued by a government driving/
You must also provide one of the following three combinations traffic/motor vehicle licensing authority is the only acceptable form of licence
of original documents to support your identity:
Australian birth card Issued by the Registrar of Births Deaths and
Combination 1—two documents Marriages (this is not a birth certificate)
■ One document from category A, and Foreign residency ID card
■ One document from category B
NOTE: if neither of these documents shows your current address, you will
also need one document from category C that shows your current address. Health card Issued by a government authority
If neither of these documents includes your photograph, you will also need Social Security card Issued by a government authority
one official document that includes your photograph.
Department of Veterans’ Affairs card
Combination 2 (if you cannot provide combination 1) or equivalent issued by a government authority
■ Two documents from category B, and Credit card or bank account card
■ One official document that includes your photograph National Insurance card Issued by a government authority
NOTE: if none of these documents shows your current address, you will Foreign passport
also need one document from category C that shows your current address.
Combination 3 (if you cannot meet combination 1 or combination 2)
Motor vehicle registration or insurance papers
■ At least three documents from category C that show your name
and current address, and Property rates notice or property lease agreement
■ One official document that includes your photograph and signature Home insurance papers
NOTE: These documents must be no more than 12 months old. If you choose this Utilities bills e.g. telephone, electricity or gas bill showing your residential
combination to confirm your identity, your application may take longer to process. address
One official document must include your photograph and signature. Bank or credit card statements showing your residential address
If you have changed your name since birth or obtaining Australian citizenship…
You must bring originals of documents that explain all name changes (including any Marriage certificates issued by marriage celebrants in Australia are not acceptable for
Anglicisation) you have had since birth (or obtaining Australian citizenship). Passports change of name. You must register the marriage with the Australian RBDM in the
are issued in your birth (or citizenship) name, unless you have formally registered state or territory where the marriage occurred and show that certificate. If you
another name with the Australian Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages (RBDM) in were married overseas, and born or normally resident in Australia, you must
the Australian state or territory of birth, or, if born overseas and not normally resident provide your original marriage certificate and a RBDM name change certificate in
Omline Form PC8_0810
in Australia, the local equivalent authority in your country of residence, and can the married name. If you are applying for a new passport as a result of marriage,
provide an original of your change of name certificate (or local equivalent), revised divorce or death of your spouse and your passport was valid when the event
birth certificate or marriage certificate. If there is no local system for registering a leading to the change occurred, your replacement passport, with the same expiry
name change in your country of residence, contact your nearest overseas mission. If date as the one being replaced, may be issued free of charge if your application is
you have changed your name more than once, please provide details of your most recent lodged within 12 months of the event (a priority processing fee may still apply).
name change on the form and provide documents for each name change.
Notes for completing the form—Children (under 18 years and never married) 3
What will you need to provide with your application?
Note: you must provide original documents (and photocopies)
ALL APPLICANTS A full birth certificate showing the names of both parents
When you apply for a child’s Australian passport, you A previous Australian passport (if the child has had one)
must provide the child’s FULL birth certificate as well You must bring any previous passport the child has had with you to
as any previous Australian passport that they have had. the interview where it will be cancelled. This passport will no longer
Please note that birth extracts and commemorative certificates be valid. If the passport contains valid visas that the child wishes to
are not acceptable. continue using, contact the appropriate embassy/ consulate
APPLICANTS BORN IN AUSTRALIA Proof of one parent’s Australian citizenship or
If the child was born in Australia, you will need to provide an permanent residency at the time of the child’s birth
original document that confirms one parent’s Australian citizenship One parent’s full Australian birth certificate
or permanent residency AT THE TIME OF THE CHILD’S BIRTH. (which shows the parent was born before 20/08/86)
One parent’s Australian passport (issued on/after 20/08/86,
but before the child’s birth and valid for a minimum of two years)
One parent’s citizenship certificate
One parent’s permanent residency status
APPLICANTS BORN OVERSEAS An Australian citizenship certificate OR
If the child does not have an Australian birth certificate, you will need to Extract from the register of citizenship by descent OR
provide the child’s full overseas birth certificate (with an official English Extract from the register of Australian births abroad
translation if in a foreign language) and proof of the child’s Australian
citizenship. Please note that commemorative certificates are not acceptable.
Please show us the child’s original full birth certificate that shows Throughout this form, the term ‘parent(s)’ means the child’s
the names of his or her parents, and make sure that both parents mother, father or other person with a parental responsibility
complete sections 12–15 of this form. for the child (see definition below).
■ If you cannot show us the full birth certificate, contact your nearest It is a requirement of the Australian Passports Act 2005 that written consent to the
Australian mission for advice. issue of an Australian passport to an unmarried person under 18 years of age, must be
■ If the current names of either parent are different to those on the provided by each person who has a parental responsibility for the Applicant. Consent
may not be conditional and is required for the full validity of the passport.
birth certificate, please show us documents that explain the change
of name (i.e. a certificate of name change from the Registrar of A person has a parental responsibility for a child if, and only if:
Births, Deaths and Marriages or a marriage certificate issued by ■ the person:
a celebrant or RBDM). ■ is the child’s parent (including a person who is presumed to be the child’s parent
■ If court orders concerning the child are in force, please show because of a presumption (other than in section 69Q) in Sub-division D of Division
us those orders. 12 of Part VII of the Family Law Act 1975); and
■ has not ceased to have parental responsibility for the child because of an order
■ If either parent has died, please show us evidence of death
made under the Family Law Act 1975; or
(e.g. a death certificate).
■ the person has a residence order or a contact order in relation to the child; or
■ If you cannot get consent from both parents (e.g. you don’t know the
■ the person has a specific issues order in relation to the child under which the person
whereabouts of one parent) contact your nearest Australian mission.
is responsible for the minor’s long-term or day-to-day care, welfare and development;
■ Parental consent is valid for 6 months from the date the parent or
signs at section 15; after that period, consent must be ■ the person is entitled to guardianship or custody of, or access to, the child under a
re-confirmed before processing can continue. law of the Commonwealth, or of a state or a territory.
If the child’s name has changed since birth or obtaining Australian citizenship…
You must bring originals of documents that explain all name changes the child has change certificate. If there is no local system for registering a name change in your
had since birth (or obtaining Australian citizenship). Passports are issued in the child’s country of residence, contact your nearest overseas mission.
birth (or citizenship) name, unless another name has been formally registered with the If the child’s name has changed more than once, please provide details of the most
Australian Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages (RBDM), or the local equivalent recent name change on the form and provide documents for each name change.
authority in the child’s country of permanent residency (if the child was born overseas),
If the child’s parents’ current names are different to those shown on the child’s birth
and you can provide the original of the change of name certificate (or local equivalent)
certificate, you must provide documents that explain the difference.
or revised birth certificate. Anglicised names are not acceptable without a formal name
Signing the form
The declaration at section 17 must be signed by a parent. Aim to keep your signature within the white box, although it may extend
into the pale tinted area around the white box.
Online Form PC8_0810
If the child is between 10 and 18 years of age, we expect them to sign the
form at section 18, under the parent’s declaration (unless they are unable Practice signature box
to sign for themselves). This signature will appear in the passport. Sign DECLARATION
If the child is under 10 years of age, they are not required to sign. within this box
4 Notes for completing the form
Providing two identical photographs of yourself
✗ Too far away
✗ Not square on
to the camera ✗ Too dark
✗ Too light
■ You must provide two recent colour photographs The photograph must:
of yourself with your application form. be of your head and top of your shoulders
■ The photographs must be clear, and show your shoulders square on (not portrait style
with you looking over one shoulder)
of the appropriate size.
show your face square on (both edges of the face
■ Photographs must be signed by a should be visible)
guarantor as a true photo of you. show you looking straight at the camera, and your head not tilted
be taken with a neutral expression (not laughing or frowning) with
The two identical photographs must: your mouth closed
be no more than six months old be close up, so that the head takes up between 32mm and 36mm
be between 35mm and 40mm in width, and of the photo (see diagram below)
between 45mm and 50mm in height show your eyes open and clearly visible, and no hair in your eyes
have a plain, light-coloured background show your eyes clearly through glasses—if you wear them—with
be of good quality colour and on high quality paper, no flash reflection off the glasses, and no tinted lenses (if possible,
with no ink or marks on the image avoid heavy glasses frames— wear lighter framed glasses if you
have appropriate brightness and contrast and show
your skin tones naturally show you without any hat or other head covering (if you wear a
head covering for religious reasons, we will accept a photograph
be taken with uniform lighting (no shadows across the face)
of you wearing it, but your facial features from bottom of chin to
be in sharp focus and clear. top of forehead and both edges of your face must be clearly shown).
NOTE: Due to security printing requirements, images reproduced in passports will not be photographic quality and will appear different from the photographs supplied.
Digital photographs: Photographs taken with digital cameras must be high quality colour and printed on photo-quality paper, otherwise the photograph will be rejected.
See www.passports.gov.au for more information about passport photograph guidelines.
You will need a guarantor to endorse your photograph and complete part of the form
Your guarantor must: Endorsing the photograph
not be related to you by birth or marriage This diagram shows the area the face should take up and how
not be in a de facto relationship with you (this includes the guarantor should endorse the back of one photograph.
a same sex relationship)
not live at your address, and if you are a child applicant not reside PHOTO FACE UP PHOTO FACE DOWN
with either of your parents
have known you for at least 12 months or for children under Guarantor must
1 year, since birth endorse photo:
be able to endorse the back of one photograph in English by writing
This is a true
‘this is a true photo of [your full name]’ and signing their name
be 18 years of age or over
possess a current (unexpired) Australian passport that was
issued with at least two year’s validity, or be an Australian or non- (full name of applicant)
Australian currently employed in one of the approved occupational P Smith
Online Form PC8_0810
or professional groups listed with the Australian overseas mission.
SIZE (signature of guarantor)
Please check that the guarantor you choose can fulfil all of the above
requirements before they sign your photograph. If the person you 35mm
chose does not fulfil all the requirements you will have to supply new
photographs and information from another guarantor. Photographs should be attached to section 17 of the Application Form.
Lost and stolen passports 5
Lost or stolen travel documents provide criminals with the opportunity to assume another identity, to carry out criminal
activity in another name, and to travel illegally. The Australian Passports Act 2005 contains measures to encourage
Australians to better protect their travel document.
A passport is only officially considered lost or stolen after the loss will be required to pay, go to www.passports.gov.au or call the nearest
or theft has been reported to a Passport Office. Australian mission.
Where the Application Form is being used to obtain a replacement travel Any lost and stolen fee must be paid on lodgement. If the loss or theft of
document for one that has been lost or stolen, you will need to pay an the document falls within certain limited compassionate circumstances,
additional fee on top of the normal lodgement fee. The amount will depend a refund of the fee may be applicable.
on the number of travel documents you have lost or had stolen over the Australian travel documents reported lost or stolen are permanently
past five years from date of lodgement of the Application Form. cancelled and will no longer be valid for further travel. Where a
Report the number of travel documents you have lost or had stolen in the document is recovered and returned, by the holder, to a passport office
past five years at section 10 of the Application Form. This information in Australia or an Australian mission overseas within three months of
cannot be provided at interview and you must complete section 10 before it having been recorded as lost or stolen, a refund of the basic lost and
you lodge the Application Form. For information on the additional fee you stolen fee may be made.
It is a criminal offence under the Australian Passports Act 2005 to make false or misleading statements. (There are penalties of up to 10 years’
imprisonment or a fine of $110 000, or both.) The Act applies outside Australia to all persons, irrespective of their nationality or citizenship.
The Australian Passports Act 2005 also provides penalties for Australians who do not report the loss or theft of their Australian travel document
to an Australian passport office (call 131 232), or an Australian mission overseas, or to www.passports.gov.au as soon as is practicable.
To obtain an Australian passport you must declare that you are an Australian citizen (i.e. by birth in Australia,
registration by descent or grant of citizenship).
You could have lost your Australian citizenship if you gained the citizenship of another country prior to 4 April 2002.
Contact the Department of Immigration and Citizenship for further information.
Australian citizenship and citizenship of other countries
Adults From 4 April 2002 an Australian citizen no longer loses their
Before 22 November 1984 an adult Australian citizen who, while Australian citizenship simply by taking on the citizenship of
another country. However, a person will still lose Australian
outside Australia, gained the citizenship of another country by
citizenship if they formally renounce Australian citizenship,
some voluntary or formal act other than marriage, automatically
are deprived of Australian citizenship or serve in the armed
lost their Australian citizenship on the date on which they gained forces of a country at war with Australia.
the citizenship of that country.
From 22 November 1984 until 3 April 2002, an adult Australian Children:
citizen over 18 automatically lost Australian citizenship if they Prior to 4 April 2002, a child under 18 years (under 21 prior
became a citizen of another country by doing something (such as to December 1973) may have lost Australian citizenship if the
making an application for that other citizenship) with the sole or responsible parent of the child ceased to be an Australian.
dominant purpose of gaining that other citizenship. This would The child will not have ceased to be an Australian citizen if:
have occurred regardless of whether the person was in Australia or ■ this would have resulted in the child having no citizenship, or
overseas at the time of gaining the other citizenship. ■ the other responsible parent was an Australian citizen.
Proof of Australian citizenship
If you require proof of your Australian citizenship, the Department If you need further information and assistance, please contact
of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) can provide you with any office of DIAC in Australia, or any Australian mission
documentary evidence that you are an Australian citizen. overseas, or visit the website: www.citizenship.gov.au.
A fee will be charged for this service.
Refund of application fee
Online Form PC8_0810
The application fee is only refundable in extenuating or unusual circumstances. A For further information on how to apply for a refund or seek a review of a decision,
decision not to issue a passport or travel-related document is generally not considered please contact the Australian Passport Information Service on 13 232 or visit the
to be an extenuating or unusual circumstance. A decision not to refund an application passports website at www.passports.gov.au
fee is a reviewable decision under section 48(j) of the Australian Passports Act 2005.