Identification requirements

All applicants for medical registration with the Medical Board of Australia will be required to satisfy the Proof of Identity Requirements of the Medical Board of Australian to obtain medical registration.

The AMC has developed its own proof of identity requirements for doctors applying from overseas international medical graduates (IMGs) for assessment through the AMC, because it recognises that some applicants cannot meet some of the Board’s identification requirements.

Photo requirements

You must upload a current passport-sized colour photo with your AMC portfolio.

All passport-sized photos must be:

  • full colour
  • 35-40 mm wide and 45-50 mm long
  • good quality – high resolution
  • sharply focused (not blurred)
  • not too dark and not too light
  • not scanned or homemade
  • current – no more than 6 months old
  • unmarked (no ink or marks on the edge)
  • in front of a plain light coloured background
  • full-front view of head and shoulders with eyes open and clearly visible
  • JPEG format.

All photos submitted to the AMC must be updated every TWO years.

The AMC Certificate (once passed both AMC examinations) will include the photo you submit, therefore, it should represent a true likeness and of good quality.

Passport requirements

The passport page(s) uploaded to your AMC portfolio must contain the following information:

  • name
  • nationality
  • date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy)
  • sex
  • place and country of birth
  • photograph
  • expiry date
  • passport number
  • signature.

Acceptable documents if no signature on passport

You must provide a copy of personal details and signature pages of your passport on your AMC portfolio, If your passport does not have a signature, you are required to submit one of the following current/valid documents as secondary identification with your passport:

  • a copy of your driver’s license (must be signed); OR
  • a copy of your credit/debit card (front and back, must be signed); OR
  • a statutory declaration to confirm all variances of your signature (see below).

Name variance

You must attach to your application a certified copy of evidence of a change of name if:

  • you have ever been formally known by another name(s), OR
  • any of the documents you provide in support of your application is in another name(s).

Evidence could include:

  • a marriage certificate, OR
  • change of name certificate, OR
  • deed poll.

A Commonwealth of Australia Statutory Declaration may only be used to explain the reason for a name variation, not for change of a legal name. You will be required to include one of the evidence documents as listed above.

Statutory declaration

A statutory declaration is a written statement declared to be true in the presence of an authorised witness. A statutory declaration form is available on the AMC website here.

You are required to submit a statutory declaration for any of the following reasons:

  • your passport, drivers license or credit card does not contain a signature
  • the signature on your passport, driver’s license or credit card is not the same as the signature on your application form
  • a document contains a previously used name
  • the name on your passport is different from the name on your qualification(s).

A Commonwealth of Australia Statutory Declaration may only be used to explain the reason for a name variation, not for change of a legal name. You will be required to include one of the evidence documents as listed in Name Variance above.

The statutory declaration must be certified by an eligible witness.

Eligible witnesses in Australia

The AMC accepts the following persons as eligible witnesses in Australia:

  • chief magistrate
  • police magistrate
  • resident magistrate
  • special magistrate
  • justice of the peace
  • person appointed under the Statutory Declarations Act 1959, as amended, or under a state Act to be a Commissioner for Declarations
  • notary public
  • person appointed a Commissioner for Declarations under the Statutory Declarations Act 1911, or under that Act as amended, and holding office immediately before the commencement of the Statutory Declarations Act 1959.

Eligible witnesses in countries other than Australia

The AMC accepts the following persons as eligible witnesses in countries other than Australia:

  • Foreign Notary Public
  • Commissioner of Oaths (South Africa, Sudan and Canada only)
  • An Australian Consular or Diplomatic Officer or authorised officer in accordance with Section 3 of the Consular Fees Act 1955*
  • Foreign documents that bear an Apostille† issued by a Foreign Government may be submitted without further certification.

*You are required to contact the Australian Embassy or Consular to arrange for an appointment before travelling to ensure that the necessary staff are available. The list is available here.

†On legal advice, the AMC accepts an apostille as an eligible witness able to certify documents as part of the primary source verification requirements.

An Australian Diplomatic Officer means a person appointed to hold or act in any of the following offices of the Commonwealth in a country or place outside Australia:

  • Ambassador
  • High Commissioner
  • Minister
  • Head of a Mission
  • Commissioner
  • Chargé d’Affaires
  • Counsellor, Secretary or Attaché at an Embassy, High Commissioner’s office, Legation or other post.
  • Locally engaged staff who have been authorised by the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to also perform the function.

Fees may be prescribed for consular acts. The regulations may provide for the imposition of fees, to be collected on behalf of the Commonwealth, for the performance, whether in Australia or elsewhere, of consular acts by:

  • an Australian Diplomatic Officer or an Australian Consular Officer; or
  • the person holding or acting in the office of Secretary of the Department or an officer of the Department acting with the authority of the Secretary; or
  • an employee of the Commonwealth authorised, in writing, by the Secretary of the Department; or
  • an employee of the Australian Trade Commission authorised, in writing, by the Secretary of the Department.