Verification of Identity

 Thursday, October 27, 2016


Verification of Identity

Whether you are selling, purchasing or transferring a property in Victoria or New South Wales, it is mandatory for your lawyer to complete a verification of your identity prior to settlement.

How do I verify my identity?

You must have a face to face interview with your lawyer and provide original identity documents such as:

  • -Australian or foreign passport AND Drivers licence AND Marriage or Change of Name Certificate (if the names on those documents are different);
  • -Australian or foreign passport AND full Birth or Citizenship Certificate AND Medicare or Centrelink card AND Marriage or Change of Name Certificate (if the names on those documents are different)

If you are not able to attend your lawyer’s office you may be able to complete the verification of identity at a post office for a fee.

If your lawyer has any doubts that an identity document does not appear genuine, or a photograph on an identity document in a not a reasonable likeness then they will make further enquiries to verify your identity.

For example, Jack and Jill Jones have made an offer to purchase a house in Echuca for and the Vendor has accepted their offer. A Contract of Sale has been prepared and Jack and Jill go to see their lawyer for advice on the Contract of Sale. During the meeting, Jack provides his Australian passport and Driver’s Licence and Jill provides her Australian passport, Driver’s Licence and Marriage Certificate (as her surname on her passport is Smith). Their lawyer verifies their identity and the land transaction can proceed to settlement.

There is a risk that settlement may not proceed on the agreed date in the Contract of Sale if you have not completed a verification of identity.

Cosgriff Lawyers has a team of property lawyers who keep up-to-date on the latest developments relating to Land Transfers and Verification of Identity. If you are thinking of selling, purchasing or transferring a property, please do not hesitate to contact our office.