Verification of Identity

From 9 November 2015, all parties to property transactions must be formally identified.

Depending on the circumstances, identification may take place by “applying the Verification of Identity (‘VOI’) Standard” or by reasonable steps being taken to establish identity.  In addition to being identified, it will be necessary for each client to sign a Client Authorisation.  This Client Authorisation must be signed in the presence of the person completing your identity verification.

Identity verification may occur by:-

1. Visiting our Office with your original identification documents; or

2. The below form (and relevant identification documents) may be presented at Australia Post (the verification will then be electronically sent to our Office).  Please note that a fee of $39.00 is payable to Australia Post per identification.

Dwyer Legal AUS Post VOI Form

Client Authorisation

The acceptable forms of identification for application of the VOI Standard are set out below.  The VOI Standard requires Category 1 identification (or if Category 1 is unable to be satisfied then documents are to be provided from the highest category possible)

Category Minimum Document Requirements
  For Persons who are Australian citizens or residents:
1 Australian Passport or foreign passportplus Australian drivers licence or Photo Cardplus change of name or marriage certificate if necessary 
2 Australian Passport or foreign passportplus full birth certificate or citizenship certificate or descent certificateplus Medicare or Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs cardplus change of name or marriage certificate if necessary 
3 Australian drivers licence or Photo Cardplus full birth certificate or citizenship certificate or descent certificateplus Medicare or Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs cardplus change of name or marriage certificate if necessary 
4 (a)    Australian Passport or foreign passportplus another form of government issued photographic identity Documentplus change of name or marriage certificate if necessary (b)   Australian Passport or foreign passportplus full birth certificateplus another form of government issued identity Documentplus change of name or marriage certificate if necessary 
5 (a)   Identifier Declarationplus full birth certificate or citizenship certificate or descent certificateplus Medicare or Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs cardplus change of name or marriage certificate if necessary. (b)   Identifier Declaration by a Person specified in Verification of IdentityStandard paragraph 4.4(e)plus Medicare or Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs cardplus change of name or marriage certificate if necessary.Note: Refer to Verification of Identity Standard paragraph 4.
  For Persons who are not Australian citizens or residents:
6 (a)    Foreign passportplus another form of government issued photographic identity Documentplus change of name or marriage certificate if necessary (b)   Foreign passportplus full birth certificateplus another form of government issued identity Documentplus change of name or marriage certificate if necessary.
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