Verification of Identity

To minimise the possibility of fraud, all Conveyancers are now required to follow a strict legal process to check the identity of all parties to property dealings.   The policy reduces the risk of land title fraud and other improper land title dealings in South Australia, thereby strengthening the security, certainty and integrity of South Australia’s Torrens land title system.

You will be required to attend a face-to-face interview with your Conveyancer and produce original documents that verify your identity.  The documents are divided into the following categories.  You must produce all documents in the highest category possible:

Documents used to verify identity of Australian citizens and residents:
(You must also produce your marriage or change of name certificate where your name has changed through marriage or a civil process)

Category 1: A Passport

  • plus either an Australian driver’s licence or Government-issued card with photo.

Category 2: A Passport

  • plus a full birth certificate, citizenship certificate or descent certificate
  • plus a Medicare, Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs card.

Category 3: An Australian driver’s licence or Government-issued card with photo

  • plus a full birth certificate, citizenship certificate or descent certificate
  • plus a Medicare, Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs card.

Category 4a: An Identifier Declaration

  • plus a full birth certificate, citizenship certificate or descent certificate
  • plus a Medicare, Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs card.

Category 4b: Where none of the above may be satisfied, an Identifier Declaration from some-one from one of the specified classes of person above)

  • plus a Medicare, Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs card.

However, non-Australian citizens and residents may only use Category 5a or 5b Documents:

  • Category 5a: A Passport plus another form of government issued photographic identity document.
  • Category 5b: A Passport plus full birth certificate and another form of government issued identity document.

Verification of identity overseas
A verification of identity undertaken outside Australia and its territories must be performed by – an Australian Consular Officer or Australian Diplomatic Officer, or for members of the Australian Defence Force, a Competent Officer under the Defence Force Regulations 1952 (Cwth).

We also offer the option of a come-to-you identity agent – ZIPID – which (at this stage) is available in SA, WA, NSW and Victoria.