How to get ID
To know how to get ID such as passport, birth certificate and medicare card.
Let's start with why this is important:
- having ID is essential to apply for Centrelink, Medicare and any government services
- often you will need a number of forms of ID to open bank accounts, borrow money and to rent a house
Before you can get a passport, drivers license or medicare card you need a birth certificate. To obtain a copy of your birth certificate you need to provide documents that prove your identity. If you do not have any photo ID such as passport, drivers license, student card then you can provide evidence of your involvement in the community through a lease agreement, Centrelink statements or cards, bank statement or a utility bill such as a phone or gas bill.
Types & cost of ID
There are a number of different types of photo ID that you can have.
- a passport, mainly used for travel outside of Australia
- a drivers license, to show you are licensed to drive a car
- Key Pass ID, used as a proof of age for buying alcohol or entry to 18+ venues
Before deciding which ID to apply for consider the pricing for each option:
I need a birth certificate
Go to this website:
Births Deaths and Marriages Victoria and follow the steps below.
I need a passport
To get a passport you will need to fill out a form in the website below. You will then have to get passport photos taken at a post office. You will need a referee or guarantor who the passport office can call to confirm your identity. This person cannot be related to you and has known you for 12 months. A passport costs $308 and can take up to two months to be created and sent to you.
I need Key Pass ID
You can apply for Key Pass ID online via the website below. You will need identity documents when you apply. Concession price is $29.95
A step by step guide from Services Victoria on how to get ID
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