Arranging identification

Form

Getting access to most things such as a place to live or opening a bank account will require you to have a few forms of identification (ID) which together, add up to 100 points.

For example, a birth certificate is worth 70 points, a Medicare card 20 points and an education certificate 40 points.

Some ID cards are free, while others require payment.

When you leave prison you are issued with an identification form with your photo that can be used for identification purposes.

ATM Card

You will need to provide 100 points of ID to open a bank account.

This could include your birth certificate, your Medicare card and a utility account that is less than 6 months old.

Birth certificate

You will need to provide proof of your name and date of birth to apply for a copy of your birth certificate.

You can apply by mail or in person at a Registry Office or at one of these Court locations in Albany, Armadale, Broome, Bunbury, Busselton, Carnarvon, Esperance, Fremantle, Geraldton, Joondalup, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Katanning, Kununurra, Mandurah, Manjimup, Merredin, Midland, Northam, Rockingham and South Hedland.

Medicare card

You will need to provide proof of your name to apply for a Medicare card.

First Medicare card
First Medicare card for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Photo ID

You will need to provide proof of a link between your photo and your signature.

A photo card provides anyone aged 16 years or over with a recognised form of personal identity and is primarily used to access licensed premises in Western Australia. 

Take your completed form to the nearest driver and vehicle licencing centre along with 5 original documents or cards that show your full name, date of birth and current residential address, such as your Medicare card, bills or birth certificate.

Vote in an election

You will need to provide proof of your home address to get your name on the electoral roll and vote in an Australian election.

Acceptable proof includes a current bank statement, a tenancy agreement, educational certificate less than 12 months old or a utility account less than 6 months old.

It is compulsory for Australian citizens to enrol and vote in federal elections, by-elections and referendums.

Enrol or check your enrolment details, update address and contact details.

Government services

Medicare card 

You will need to provide proof of your name to apply for a Medicare card.

First Medicare card 
First Medicare card for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander


Last updated: 9-Mar-2020

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