Check your eligibility

Firstly, make sure you're eligible for an Australian passport. The main eligibility requirement is Australian citizenship. That means you're either born in Australia or you've got a certificate of Australian citizenship.

Fill out and print your form

  • Use black pen
  • Use CAPITAL letters
  • Write inside the boxes
  • Ensure both your, and your guarantor/referee’s handwriting is clear and legible
  • If you sign before attending your passport application lodgement, make sure you sign within the designated space

A handy tip for making sure that your application is printed successfully is to check that the signature box has markings around it (so it’s easily visible) and that the triangles on the page are all the same size and shape.

Get your ID documents in order

You’re going to have to present some documents to prove your Australian citizenship. You can use either:

  • your birth certificate or
  • your certificate of citizenship. 

Has your name changed since you got those? Your passport will be issued in your birth name unless you've officially changed it with the Australian Registry of Birth Deaths and Marriages and you'll need the proof of that too.

You also need to present documents to prove your identity. They typically include:

  • your current driver licence
  • Medicare card
  • Centrelink card
  • a credit or debit card
  • property rate notice or lease agreement
  • utility bill or bank statement. 

For details check the Australian Passport Office website.

Your ID must be the original document, no copies are accepted. Your ID also needs to display your date of birth, address and match the name shown on your application. If your ID doesn’t show your photo, then you’ll have to complete two guarantor/referee pages, or two referees if you’re using the online application form.

Learn more about ID requirements to prove your Australian citizenship and identity.

Ready, set, snap

All set? Now it's time to get a photo of yourself and it's not just a matter of taking a selfie. There are strict guidelines about what a good passport photo is and what isn't. If your photo is rejected, you could delay your passport application, or even fail to get one. It's that important. Guidelines include size of photo and having your eyes open and looking straight into the camera.

Also, make sure your skin tone reflects true colour. A filter might be attractive on Instagram, but not for a passport photo! Image filters can confuse the passport systems biometric matching, and that can cause issues for you when you’re trying to go through the airport. So don’t remove