The guarantor declaration is a principal identity check in the application for an Australian travel document.

A person who qualifies as a guarantor must vouch for the applicant’s identity which includes endorsing and signing the back of one photograph of the applicant (see below).

Qualifying as a guarantor

To be acceptable the guarantor must:

The guarantor must not be:

Passport/interviewing officer as guarantor

Staff involved in the passport process are not to act as guarantors on passport applications received from the general public.

Only where an application is submitted by another staff member at an overseas post may a passport officer act as a guarantor. In this instance, however, the authorisation of the passport must be conducted by an A-based officer of the mission.

Adopted child: period of time known by guarantor

Where a child is adopted – the date of adoption, granting of citizenship and arrival in Australia should be taken into account when deciding whether the guarantor provided by the applicant has known the child for a suitable time frame.

If the child has been adopted within the last 12 months, a suitable guarantor should have known the child for the majority of that time and a full validity passport may be issued if all other requirements are met.

Guarantor occupational groups: overseas lodgement

An overseas applicant may use: