Automatic proof of identity for members who joined the ADF from 1 January 2016 and/or separated from 27 July 2016.
If you are a current or former serving member who has joined the permanent forces or commenced a period of Continuous Full-Time Service from 1 January 2016 and/or separated from 27 July 2016, your proof of identity is automatically established. DVA will rely on the identification and security clearance procedures used by the ADF to satisfy DVA identity requirements. Under this arrangement, you will not need to provide any documentation, such as ADF Identification card or documents from Category A, B or C. There may be limited circumstances where a full POI check will be required.
Streamlined process for current serving members and reservists who hold a valid purple Australian Defence Force (ADF) identification (ID) card.
If you are a current serving member or a reservist who holds a current, valid purple ADF ID card, you can access a streamlined proof of identity process. This streamlined process allows you to prove your identity to DVA where you lodge a claim in person with the Department by simply presenting your ADF ID card to a DVA staff member for authentication. They will then take a certified copy of your card to include with your claim.
When you lodge a claim with DVA, you must show documents from the Category A and B lists below which prove your identity. You must show original documents or true and certified copies of these documents. (See ‘Who can certify copies of documents’ on page 4.) If you mail your claim and originals of your proof of identity documents, your documents will be returned by registered post. From the lists of Category A and B documents on this page, you must provide 3 different documents with 1 document from Category A and two documents from Category B. If none of the documents you produce to satisfy Category A or B provide evidence of your current residential address, then you must also produce a document from Category C:
A B B or A B B C
If any of the documents are in a previous name, you must provide an additional document which shows how your name was changed (e.g. a marriage certificate).
Category A documents
Documents from Category A provide proof of birth or arrival in Australia
Australian passport (current) - not to be used concurrently as a Category B document
Full Australian birth certificate
Record of Immigration Status
Foreign passport and current Australian Visa
Travel document and current Australian Visa
Certificate of Evidence of residential status
Category B documents
Documents from Category B provide evidence of your identity existing in the community
Australian driver’s licence (current and original)
Australian passport (current) - not to be used concurrently as a Category A document
Australian passport (current)
Australian Defence Force (ADF) identification card (current)
Firearms licence (current and original)
Current overseas passport with valid entry stamp or visa
Medicare card Change of name certificate (for marriage or legal name change - showing link with previous name(s))
Credit or bank account card
Security Guard/Crowd Control licence
Australian marriage certificate issued by a government department
Tertiary identification card
Category C documents
Documents from Category C provide evidence of residential address or residence in a Nursing Home or Residential Care Facilit
If you don’t have the right documents: Other documents may be acceptable. Contact your nearest DVA or VAN office.