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Identifying the requester
Requester's identity must be verified
You must satisfy yourself about the identity of the individual making the request before 
releasing personal information to them.
Under the Police 'evidence of identity' standard adopted for personal information requests 
(see 'Evidence of identity' information on the Police website), you must verify a person's 
identity in person or through a trusted referee, as follows:
Verifying identity in person
If you are satisfied you know the requester making a request in person, then you probably 
do not need to sight evidence of identity.
If you do not know the requester, then to verify identity in person, sight a primary and 
secondary form of identification, one of which must be photographic.
Primary and secondary IDs
Primary ID:
Secondary ID:
original birth
driver licence
community services card
18+ card
firearms licence
student/employee ID
credit card
other identification bearing the requester's

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Verifying identity via a trusted referee
For postal, email or online requests, photocopies of the above identification documents are
acceptable provided the photographic copy has been endorsed as a true copy of the
original by a trusted referee who must:
be over 16, have known the requester for at least 12 months, and not be related or a
partner/spouse or a co‑resident of the requester
be a person of standing in the community such as a registered professional, religious
or community leader, including:
Police constable
Justice of the Peace
Registrar or Deputy Registrar of a court
other person authorised to take statutory declarations
provide their signature, name and contact details.
Keep a record, including copies, of how you have verified the requester's