Embassy of Australia
United States of America

Passports Adult PC8 Checklist

90% of the applications we receive are incomplete and must be rejected.  Please use this checklist to make sure your application is complete before travelling to see us.



  • Fully completed application form in black pen
  • Proof of citizenship provided – Australian birth certificate or Australian citizenship certificate.
  • Were you born after 20 August 1986 in Australia? If so, additional documents are required - see PC8 instructions
  • Overseas birth certificate (with translation if not in English) for proof of gender and birth place, plus name change documents for any name changes since birth – this applies to applicants born overseas only.  If you cannot provide your birth certificate, you can use your previous passport.
  • Name change documents provided if the name to go in your new passport is different from your Australian birth certificate name or Australian citizenship certificate name – see name change requirements.
  • Photos checked for size and quality - check under a magnifying glass to make sure there is no graininess, bluriness, pixelation or stripes.
  • Guarantor has written on the back of one photo “This is a true photo of 'applicant name'” and signed underneath.
  • Guarantor signature in Section 11 must exactly match guarantor signature on back of photo
  • No whiteout, overwriting or alterations on signatures/dates at Sections 11, 15, 17 and 18. 
  • Signatures at 17 and 18 are inside the white box.
  • Australian date format used throughout form (DD/MM/YYYY) - check Sections 11, 15 and 17.
  • Visa and MasterCard are the only acceptable forms of payment – remember, fees are adjusted on the 1st of each month. 


  • Correct ID Combination provided - all ID must be original and valid, and contain proof of address


  • Mother's name in section 13A exactly  matches the child's birth certificate - many US birth certificates only show the mother's maiden name so please check carefully
  • If parents' names in 13B and 14B are different from how they appear on child's birth certificate, name change documentation provided – eg. marriage certificate
  • Both parents have given consent at Section 15
  • Witness at Section 15 is not related or living in same household as either parent or child
  • Lodging parent signed/dated declaration at Section 17 (on behalf of child)
  • Children aged 10 and over signed at Section 18 inside the box
  • All court orders issued in relation to the child provided - must be original
  • Name change documentation for child provided if current name is different from birth name
  • 1 piece of government-issued photo/signature ID provided for the lodging parent


If you cannot answer yes to all items, please contact the office where you will be lodging your application to discuss.