What is a self-represented party?

A self-represented party is a person who isn’t represented by a qualified legal practitioner, a licensed settlement agent or conveyancer in the following scenarios:

  • when a house or vacant land is being bought or sold 
  • when an owner passes away
  • if they take out a mortgage 
  • if they are lodging a power of attorney (not applicable to enduring power of attorney)
  • if they are lodging or withdrawing a caveat

Identity checks

What is a verification of identity check?

The identity check is meant to reduce the risk of fraud by requiring you to verify your identity and your authority to transact on the nominated land or property in accordance with the Verification of Identity Practice.

Who needs an identity check?

You should have your identity verified if you’re:

  • buying land or property, or one of multiple purchasers buying land or property located in WA
  • selling land or property, or one of multiple owners selling land or property located in WA
  • transferring land or property to someone else, having land or property transferred to you, or one of multiple parties involved in the transfer of land or property located in WA
  • transacting on land for any of the reasons listed under acceptable property documents

What is the Verification of Identity Practice?

The Western Australian Registrar of Titles and the Western Australian Commissioner of Titles have jointly issued a Verification of Identity Practice that sets out the minimum standard of verification of identity for registered proprietors and others who sign a range of real property documents that are to be lodged with Landgate.

How to present your application at Australia Post

1. Ensure you have the right identity documents and the right property documents.

2. Once you’ve identified which category of identity documents you can present for identity verification, complete the online application form by selecting the appropriate link below.

Important: Your identity declarant must select ‘Identity Declarant for another person’ as the reason they’re completing an identity check.

Download and print all form(s). Do not sign the form(s). Your signature must be witnessed by an Australia Post Identity Verifier. You can list up to 6 properties on an application form.

3. Present your application and documents at any participating Australia Post Land Title ID Check post office. Find your closest participating Post Office or call 13 POST (13 76 78).

4. Your photo will be taken by Australia Post and your identity documents will be certified as true copies.

5. The identity check fee will depend on how many properties are listed in your application form and whether an identity declarant is being verified with you at the post office.

If you are transacting as a Buyer / Purchaser / Transferee the fees are as follows:

  • $89 for self-represented party identity checks using Categories 1 to 4 or 6
  • $128 for self-represented party identity checks using Categories 5a or 5b. This fee is inclusive of a fee for an identity declarant's identity check

If you are transacting for any other reason the additional fees are as follows:

  • $159 for self-represented party identity checks using Categories 1 to 4 or 6
  • $198 for self-represented party identity checks using Categories 5a or 5b. This fee is inclusive of a fee for an identity declarant's identity check
  • $50 per property for each additional property listed on the application

Fees are payable to Australia Post and can be paid in cash, EFTPOS, MasterCard or Visa. Cheques are not accepted. Part-payments and refunds are not available for these transactions.

6. After you have completed your verification of identity check at the post office.

Australia Post will conduct a land registry search to match your verified identity to the nominated property/ies and mail you a statement confirming your authority to deal in those property/ies. It is very important to allow sufficient time to complete your identity check as you will receive your statement in the mail typically within 5-7+ business days. Landgate requires you to include this statement when you lodge your property documents at any one of its offices.

Acceptable identity documents

You must produce original and current documents for Category 1 to 4 or 6 (except for an expired Australian passport which has not been cancelled and was current in the preceding two years).

If you don’t have the required photo ID documents required for Categories 1 to 4 or 6, you’ll need to meet the requirements for Category 5a or 5b that also require a statutory declaration to verify your identity.

The person who is declaring your identity (i.e. the identity declarant#) must be present at the post office with you to have their identity verified at the same time. The identity declarant must have their identity verified by presenting photo identification and cannot use Category 5 documents.

All your chosen identity documents must have matching personal information. If you’ve changed your name from that on an identity document, you’ll also need to provide a change of name document(s).

A NAATI translation is required for any passport, driver licence or birth certificate that isn’t in English.

# The identity declarant is the person who is declaring that they have known you for a period of time. It is not the person witnessing the statutory declaration.

How can Australia Post help?

Australia Post has been authorised by Landgate to conduct all identity checks for self-represented parties in WA. If you’re completing your own land transaction, head into a participating Post Office where we can:

  • verify your identity and authority to transact on the nominated land or property
  • take your photo (at no additional cost) 
  • witness your signature 
  • certify copies of your original identity documents