Proof of identity

Western Australian road laws require you to establish your identity on licensing or transferring vehicles, or on grant or renewal of a driver's licence. The WA Photo Card Act 2014 requires you to establish your identity on application for a Photo Card.

  Photo card

To provide the Western Australian community with an additional secure form of photographic identification, a photo card is now available.

The new photo card has the same level of integrity as a drivers' licence and is recognised by DoT as a form of photographic identification.

It's a voluntary card that will assist people who do not hold a driver's licence or passport in conveniently proving their identity.

The photo card will be of great benefit to young people, persons with disability and senior citizens who do not hold a driver's licence or passport, in being able to prove who they are.

The identity card will enable senior citizens that no longer drive but annually renew their driver's licence for identity purposes to simplify their life and get a five year photo card instead.

A photo card provides anyone aged 16 years or over with a recognised form of personal identity, primarily for use in accessing licensed premises in Western Australia. Find out how to obtain a photo card, or order a replacement.

For more information on the photo card, please refer to the fact sheet and questions and answers documents below.

LBU_P_FS_photo_card.pdf icon Photo card (Fact sheet) Kb
LBU_P_QAs_photo_card.pdf icon Photo card: Frequently Asked Questions Kb

  Proving your identity

Western Australian road laws require persons to establish their identity when licensing vehicles, transferring vehicle licences and for the grant or renewal of a driver's licence. The Western Australian Photo Card Act 2014 also requires persons to establish their identity for the application of a Photo Card.

Consequently, when conducting these transactions, the Chief Executive Officer has discretion to accept a variety of documents to establish or confirm a person's identity.

Depending on what type of transaction you are conducting with us, a range of proof of identity documents can be accepted.

If you have changed your name you will need to provide documentation relating to your name change; for example: divorce papers, marriage certificate, change of name certificate, deed poll papers or licence to change name documentation.

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  Verification of proof of identity

The Department of Transport (DoT) use facial recognition (biometrics) to safeguard an individual's personal details and prevent identity crime.

In order for DoT to manage the prevention of fraud and identity theft it may be necessary for Officers from the Driver and Vehicle Services, Investigation Services unit to visit clients at their residence and conduct verification of identity documents.

Uniformed officers will attend a client's residence and will always produce photographic Identity Cards to verify their status as Transport Wardens.

Confirmation that a DoT officer is conducting Proof of Identity verifications can be obtained by contacting the Investigation Services Manager:

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(08) 6551 6823 Email

  Proving your identity for the initial grant of a WA driver's licence or photo card

The fact sheet named 'Your secure identity: Meeting proof of identity requirements' relates to the proof of identity documents required for the initial grant of a driver's licence or photo card.

You must produce the identity documents outlined in the fact sheet to be issued with a WA driver's  licence or photocard. This includes all applicants transferring a driver's licence from interstate and overseas.

LBU_DL_FAQ_POI.pdf icon Proof of identity (Frequently Asked Questions) Kb
LBU_FS_YourSecureID.pdf icon Proof of identity requirements (Fact sheet) Kb

  Proving your identity for all other Driver and Vehicle Services transactions

The fact sheet named 'Proof of identity for other Driver and Vehicle Services transactions (Not an initial driver's licence or photo card)' relates to the proof of identity documents required for all other transactions where you are required to provide proof of identity.

You must produce the identity documents outlined in the fact sheet where you are required to provide proof of identity for other Driver and Vehicle Services transactions or you will not be able to complete the transactions.

LBU_FS_POI_PrimSec.pdf icon Proof of identity for other Driver and Vehicle Services transactions (Not an initial driver's licence or photo card) Kb
LBU_F_DL_E105_StatDecDriverLicence.pdf icon Statutory declaration: Renewal of driver's licence (Form E105) Kb

  Remote Areas Licensing program

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As part of an ongoing commitment to substantive equality, the Department of Transport has introduced a Remote Areas Licensing program to implement practical solutions to overcome, or minimise, the barriers faced by people living in remote areas when attempting to obtain and retain a driver's licence.

The Remote Areas Licensing service provides mobile service delivery to regional and remote locations in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid West and Goldfields regions. This service includes:

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For more information about the Remote Areas Licensing program or upcoming visits, please contact us by email.

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Remote Areas Licensing program resources

There are a range of resources that can help you prepare and give you some helpful information regarding licensing, your vehicle and proof of identity.

It's a good idea to take a look at some of the below publications before you come see us when we visit so you know what to bring and what the process will be.

DVS_P_POI_RemoteLicensing.pdf icon Remote Licensing: Proof of identity - application requirements Kb
LBU_DL_FS_6Steps_English_remote.pdf icon Remote Licensing: The six steps to getting your driver's licence Kb
LBU_DL_FS_RegoNumberPlates_remote.pdf icon Remote Licensing: Your car rego and number plates Kb
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  Additional options for teenage customers

DoT recognises the challenges teenagers may have in supplying some identity documents when they apply for their initial WA driver's licence or photo card.

Driver and Vehicle Services has introduced additional options for teenage customers to prove their identity.

To make it easier for them while still maintaining a national gold standard of identity security, teenagers can now use the following documents as proof of identity for category 'C':

  • Western Australian (WA) secondary school report (less than six months old).
  • WA Keys for Life certificate (less than two years old).
  • Current DoT Recreational Skippers Ticket.
  • Australian Taxation Office taxation notice.
LBU_FS_YourSecureID.pdf icon Proof of identity requirements (Fact sheet) Kb
LBU_F_PC1_PhotoCard.pdf icon Photo card application (Form PC1) Kb

 

Page last updated: Fri Dec 9 2016 8:10:40 AM