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Verification of Identity – What’s the big deal?

Back in 2013, strict legislation was introduced here in SA to minimise the possibility of fraudulent property transactions occurring. This legislation requires everyone involved in a property transaction to have their identity verified. Verification of Identity has, in turn, become a major part of the service that Conveyancers offer their clients.

Basically, it just means that an authorised person is establishing that you are indeed who you say you are. But, equally as important, that who you say you are is the person on all the transaction documentation. You’d be surprised at some of the brazen scams that this legislation is designed to eliminate (check out this poor guy who had his house sold from underneath him in 2010).

The process is pretty simple, but as you’d expect, it’s also pretty precise. The easiest way of all is to come to us. We’re experts at this. But you can also go to Australia Post, or the Australian Consular Office (if you’re overseas). Regardless, you’ll need original copies of the following documentation…

A Passport, plus either an Australian Drivers License or government-issued card with photo.

Or,

A Passport, plus a full birth certificate, citizenship certificate, or descent certificate. But you’ll also need a Medicare, Centrelink, or Veterans Affairs card.

Or,

An Australian Drivers License or government-issued card with photo, plus a full birth certificate, citizenship certificate, or descent certificate. Also, a Medicare, Centrelink, or Veterans Affairs card.

Your Passport needs to be current and issued by the Australian Government. Or, a current foreign Passport with an Australian visa grant notice which shows an Australian residents visa that is either current or no more than two years past its expiry date.

If you’ve changed your name through marriage or civil process, you’ll need to supply a marriage or change of name certificate too.

The authorised person verifying your identity will take copies of these documents and your photograph, and store them confidentially. With us, your verification remains valid for two years. So you won’t need to go through the process again if you use our conveyancing services for any other property transactions during that time. Although the law prevents us from being able to share it with any other parties, including your lender.

If you have any queries at all around Verification of Identity, get in touch with us here and we can answer all your questions.