When are certified identity documents required to invest?

If you have an Australian ID document (e.g. driver's licence or passport), we can typically verify you online against the Australian government databases. You'll be asked to provide a copy of your identity document showing the signature as part of the application process but it does not need to be certified.

If we are unable to verify you online or if you have a non-Australian identity document, a certified copy of your identity document will be required to start investing.

What is a certified copy?

Please ensure that a certified copy:

  • includes the statement ‘I certify this to be a true copy of the original document’ and
  • is signed by an eligible certifier (see below). The certifier must state their qualification or occupation.

Who can certify identity documents?

Certified Copy means a document that has been certified as a true copy of an original document by one of the following persons:

  • a person who is enrolled on the roll of the Supreme Court of a State or Territory, or the High Court of Australia, as a legal practitioner (however described);
  • a judge of a court;
  • a magistrate;
  • a chief executive officer of a Commonwealth court;
  • a registrar or deputy registrar of a court;
  • a justice of the Peace;
  • a notary public (for the purposes of the Statutory
    Declaration Regulations 1993);
  • a police officer;
  • an agent of the Australian Postal Corporation who is in
    charge of an office supplying postal services to the public;
  • a permanent employee of the Australian Postal Corporation
    with 2 or more years of continuous service who is employed
    in an office supplying postal services to the public;
  • Australian consular officer or an Australian diplomatic officer
    (withing the meaning of the Consular Fees Act 1955);
  • an officer with 2 or more continuous years of service with
    one or more financial institutions (for the purposes of the
    Statutory Declaration Regulations 1993);
  • a finance company officer with 2 or more continuous years
    of service with one or more finance companies (for the
    purpose of the Statutory Declaration Regulations 1993);
  • an officer with, or authorised representative of, a holder of
    an Australian financial services licence, having 2 or more
    continuous years of service with one or more licencees;
  • a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in
    Australia, CPA Australia or the National Institute of
    Accountants with 2 or more years of continuous
    membership.
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