Canberra Passports Office

Passports

Please phone 131 232 or email your enquiry to passports.australia@dfat.gov.au.

Lodgement of passport applications

You can lodge your application for an Australian Passport at an Australia Post outlet.

In certain circumstances you may lodge your application at our Passport Office. Lodgement is by appointment only. Please phone 131 232 to schedule your appointment.

Contact us

Over the counter

Office address

R G Casey Building
Sydney Avenue
Barton ACT

Office hours

8.30am to 4pm
Monday to Friday
(closed public holidays)

Through the mail

Postal address

GPO Box 9807
Canberra  ACT  2601

Phone

Australian Passport Information Service

131 232
8am to 8pm Monday to Friday
8:30am to 5pm Weekends and most public holidays


Apostilles, Authentications and Certificates of No Impediment to Marriage

Within Australia, DFAT state and territory or passport offices are authorised to provide services such as

Legalisation of Documents (authentications and Apostilles)

The law in most countries requires that a signature on a document be witnessed or other procedures applied before the document can be used for legal purposes or in a court of law. Solicitors, justices of the peace, and notaries public normally perform these functions in Australia, but the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) may also be authorised to do so.

For further information including fees and charges, refer to the Smartraveller page: Legalising documents.

Certificates of No Impediment to Marriage

DFAT cannot provide advice regarding other countries' specific requirements in order for a marriage to be legal in a particular country. For details of marriage requirements you should contact the Embassy, High Commission or Consulate of the country in which you would like to marry for their advice. Refer to Smartraveller for further information regarding Certificates of No Impediment to Marriage including application forms: Legalising documents.

Processing and lodgement requirements

Over the counter

Office address

R G Casey Building
Sydney Avenue
Barton ACT

Office hours

9.30am– 12.30
Monday to Friday,
No appointment necessary 

Through the mail

Postal address

Authentication Section
GPO Box 9807
Canberra ACT 2601

Payment form

Documents can also be sent via post. Please include your contact details, return postal address and an indication of which country the documents are intended for.

The cost of returning your document by ordinary post is included in the fee. Please include a self-addressed Registered or Express Post envelope if you wish your document to be returned to you via either of these methods.

The cost of returning your document by ordinary post is included in the fee. Please include a self-addressed Registered or Express Post envelope if you wish your document to be returned to you via either of these methods.

If you are overseas and wish to have your document returned by Express Courier International (ECI) (Australia Post) please include additional payment for postage. Postage rates can be calculated on the Australia Post website.

Credit card authorisation form [PDF]

Authenticating fingerprint checks

If applying for an overseas police clearance you may be asked to have a fingerprint check authenticated by DFAT. Please note that this process may take extra processing time where we need to verify the police officer's signature.

DFAT cannot request a National Police Clearance Certificates or other documents on behalf of clients. Only the individual may obtain this information directly from the relevant state, territory or federal police force.

You may wish to enquire with the Australian Federal Police about obtaining a National Police Clearance Certificate

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