This request will be made of the buyer, by the conveyancer in every property sale & purchase in South Australia
And by the sound of things, flashing a current Driver’s Licence won’t cut it. According to Alf Macolino at Lynch Meyer Lawyers, the conveyancer will have to…
verify the identity of the person signing the documents in a face to face and in person interview [with] the person signing the document
This means that a verifier will not be able to conduct verification over electronic means such as Skype or face-to-face on your iPhone.
The person signing the document will need at least a current original Passport plus Australian Drivers Licence or Proof-of-Age Card, plus a Change of Name or Marriage Certificate if necessary.
So if you’re buying Adelaide or South Australian property, you can expect higher conveyancing charges, and delays before you own the property.
- If you are located interstate within Australia, you will probably have to find a conveyancing solicitor near home, to conduct the ‘verification’ of your identity.
- If you live outside Australia, the process will be more complex.
To find out more, or to download a PDF copy of the new South Australian Verification of Identity policy, go to:
and click on ‘Verification of Identity Policy’.