Identity check

Applicants must provide proof of their identity when applying for screening with the DCSI Screening Unit. 

The DCSI Screening Unit requires that applicants undergo a 100-point identification check, to be verified by an appropriate person i.e. a 'verifying officer'.  For more information about who can act as a verifying officer please refer to our list of permitted verifying officers.

If applying online for screening, an identity check can be conducted using an online documentation verification service.


There are 3 options available to applicants as to how they have their identity verified.  Applicants should choose the most appropriate option, based on the identity documents they hold and their individual circumstances.

The options are:

  1. Online verification using the Australian Government's Documentation Verification Service.   Applicants must have a current Australian driver's licence AND a current Australian passport (or alternatively, an Australian Birth Certificate/Citizenship Certificate) to use this option.
  2. Applicant produces documents to their organisation's Verifying Officer who then completes the process online on their behalf  . How to verify an applicant's identity (PDF 337.3 KB)  OR
  3. Verification by an independent verifying officer (print and seek option)
    Print the PDF copy of your online application that is generated after payment. Provide your original identity documents to an independent verifying officer.  The signed and completed application form is then posted to the DCSI Screening Unit.

    The name and original signature of the verifier must be on all paper application forms submitted to the DCSI Screening Unit.  

    This option is only to be selected if you are unable to use option 1 or option 2.


The 100 point check

If a verifying officer is conducting the identity check, the applicant should show the verifying officer original identity documents that add up to at least 100 points.   How to verify your identity (PDF 208.4 KB)

Verifying officers are required to declare that:

  • they have sighted and confirmed the applicant's original or certified true copy personal identity documents and that verification has been achieved using the 100-point check;
  • they are satisfied as to the correctness of the applicant's identity;
  • they are qualified to act as a verifying officer.


The combination of the applicant's identity documents must include:

  • their full name;
  • date of birth;
  • at least one document from either Category A or Category B; and
  • a photograph of the applicant.

CATEGORY A – Each document is worth 70 points

Note:  Only one document from this category will be accepted.

  • Birth certificate (not an extract)
  • Australian Passport (current, or expired within the previous two years, but not cancelled)
  • Australian Citizenship Certificate
  • International Passport (current, or expired within the previous two years, but not cancelled)
  • Other document of identity, having same characteristics as a passport e.g. diplomatic/refugee (photo or signature)

CATEGORY B – The first document is worth 40 points and each additional document is worth 25 points.

  • Current licence or permit (Government-issued)
  • Working with Children/Teachers Registration Card
  • Aviation Security identification card/Maritime Security identification card
  • Public employee photo ID card (Government-issued)
  • Department of Veterans' Affairs card
  • Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card
  • Current Tertiary Education Institution photo ID
  • Reference from a medical practitioner (must have known the applicant for a period of at
    least 12 months)

CATEGORY C – Each document is worth 25 points.

  • Birth Extract
  • Foreign/International Driver's Licence
  • Proof of Age Card (Government-issued)
  • Medicare Card/Private Health Care Card
  • Council rates notice
  • Property lease/Rental agreement
  • Property insurance papers
  • Australian Tax Office assessment
  • Superannuation Statement
  • Seniors Card
  • Electoral Roll Registration
  • Motor Vehicle Registration or Insurance Documents
  • Professional or Trade Association Card

If relied upon, the following documents must be from different organisations:

  • Utility bills (e.g. telephone, gas, electricity, water bills)
  • Credit/Debit card
  • Bank Statement/Passbook

In addition to the requirement that the documents supplied equal or exceed 100 points, the combination of the Applicant's identity documents must include the Applicant's full name, date of birth, at least one document from either Category A or Category B, and a photograph of the Applicant.

If the Applicant does not have an identity document containing a photograph, they must submit a passport style photograph that has been certified by a person listed in Schedule 2 of the Statutory Declarations Regulations 1993 (Cth).

Special provisions

Special provisions apply for the following categories of applicant (who may be unable to meet the identity requirements above):

  • ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER residents of remote or isolated locations: There is an added option of TWO letters of verification provided by community leaders (individuals recognised as leaders of the community to which the applicant belongs). Each letter of verification scores 50 points towards the total 100 points.
  • IMMIGRANT OR FOREIGN VISITORS (persons who have been in Australia for 6 weeks or less): proof of arrival date and current passport is acceptable.
  • Applicants UNDER 18 years of age: One Category A document or a statement from an educational institution, signed by the applicant's school Principal or Deputy Principal, confirming that the child attends the institution is acceptable (Note: The statement MUST be on the institution's letterhead).

For more information, contact the Screening Unit's policy team: