Proof of citizenship

The following steps are a guide to the application process to obtain proof or evidence of your Australian citizenship. You can apply if you ever had, or have been included in, a certificate that says you are an Australian citizen.

If you think you might be an Australian citizen, but you are unsure of your Australian citizenship status, you can also apply.

You cannot request evidence of the Australian citizenship status of another person, unless you are requesting on behalf of your child.

You can request confirmation of the Australian citizenship status of a deceased parent or grandparent if it is for official purposes.

If you are seeking information on the Australian citizenship status of another person, you should make an FOI request (175KB PDF).

Click on Step 1 below to begin.

Step 1. Determine that you are eligible

You can apply for evidence of your Australian citizenship if you were:

  • previously issued with an Australian citizenship certificate (this includes children who are on a parent's citizenship certificate)
  • born in Australia before 20 August 1986 and acquired Australian citizenship by birth 
  • born in Australian on or after 20 August 1986 and one responsible parent was a permanent resident or Australian citizen
  • born in Australia on or after 20 August 1986 and you spent the first 10 years of your life in Australia
  • a permanent resident and adopted in Australia on or after 22 November 1984 and acquired Australian citizenship
  • born in the former Australian Territory of Papua before 16 September 1975 and retained your Australian citizenship on 16 September 1976
  • born outside Australia before 26 January 1949 to a father who was born in Australia and you arrived in Australia prior to 1 May 1987 and acquired Australian citizenship.

Children

Applications for children under 16 years of age must be made by a responsible parent. The responsible parent should include a current document with their photograph and signature such as passport or driver's license.

Step 2. Gather original documents

You must submit certain documents with your application. Providing all of the required documents will enable us to process your application promptly.

Your application may be returned to you if all of the required documents are not provided with your application.

Use this document checklist as a guide to the documents usually required.

Step 3. Copy and certify your documents

When you have gathered all of your original documents, you need to get certified copies of them. Copies of your original documents must be certified by an Australian citizen who is not related to you by birth, marriage or de facto relationship and is currently working in a position from the designated list of occupations.

Do not post your original documents.

Applicants outside Australia

If you are applying from outside Australia and do not know an Australian citizen, you can have your original documents certified and the identity declaration completed by a citizen of your country of residence who has known you for at least one year, is currently employed in one of the designated list of occupations, and is not related to you by birth, marriage or de facto relationship.

Step 4. Complete and lodge your application

Once your documents are copied and certified, you will need to complete Form 119 - Application for evidence of Australian citizenship (280KB PDF). Information on how to complete the form is available.

Note: the Identity declaration part of your form is to be completed by a suitable person from the designated list of occupations.

If you are in Australia, send your completed application together with your certified documents, photograph and fee to the Evidence Processing Unit in our Parramatta office.

If you are outside Australia, send your application together with your certified documents, endorsed photograph and fee by post or courier to the Overseas Citizenship Unit at our Canberra office in Australia.

Do not post original documents with your application.

The time it takes to process applications for evidence of Australian citizenship varies. The Client Service Charter provides details on the service standard for processing an application for evidence of Australian citizenship.

If you require evidence of your citizenship urgently or, do not receive notification within the time given in the charter, you should contact the Citizenship Information Line on 131 880 for applications lodged in Australia. For applications lodged outside Australia, you can contact your nearest immigration office outside Australia.

Your certificate will be sent to you by registered post from our printing centre in Canberra. After processing of your application, allow an additional 10 days for the printing and postage of your certificate. If you are outside Australia, this is likely to take longer.

Last reviewed Monday 15 September 2014