All Castro Legal conveyancing clients will be required to undergo an identity verification check.
Why do I need to have my identity verified?
From the 1 August 2016, the NSW Government introduced new conveyancing rules which require lawyers and conveyancers to verify the identity of their clients and to ensure that the client is a legal person and has the right to enter into the conveyancing transaction.
What does the Verification of Identity process involve?
The process involves a face to face interview with a lawyer or an identity agent where your original identification documents are verified and certified.
What documents do I need to verify my identity?
You will need to provide 2 original and current identification documents. As an indication, you will generally need:
- An Australian passport or a foreign passport;
- Plus an Australian driver’s licence or Photo Card;
- Plus a change of name or marriage certificate (if necessary).
We will provide you with a list of identification documents which are acceptable.
Who will verify my identity?
Your identity will be verified by one of the following:
- A lawyer at Castro Legal;
- An identity agent at your local post office; or
- An Australian consular officer (if you are overseas)
When does the Verification of Identity need to be completed?
The verification of identity will need to be completed prior to settlement.
We will be in contact with you to organise a time to have your identity verified with us. Alternatively, we may organise a Verification of Identity form which you can take to your local Australia post office.