Embassy of Australia
United States of America
Embassy address: 1601 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington DC 20036 - Telephone: (202) 797 3000 - Fax: (202) 797 3168

HOW TO COMPLETE THE PC8 OVERSEAS APPLICATION FORM

The PC8 application must be completed in full using black pen. Please read the following instructions carefully to assist you in completing your application. 

PROVING YOUR CITIZENSHIP

All applicants must provide either an Australian Citizenship Certificate or full Australian Birth Certificate (not an extract) to prove Australian citizenship. If you were born in Australia after 20 August 1986, you must also provide one of the five documents: 

1.   Your Australian passport issued after 1 January 2000 that was valid for 2 years or more; or

2.   One parent’s Australian birth certificate; or

3.   One parent’s Australian passport, issued after 20/8/1986, that was valid at the time of the applicant’s birth; or

4.   Evidence of one parent’s Australian permanent residence, valid at the time of applicant’s birth; or

5.   One parent’s Australian citizenship certificate, valid at the time of the applicant’s birth.

Note: Children born of Australian citizens outside Australia, including in the United States, must acquire Australian citizenship before applying for a passport. You cannot lodge a passport application at the same time as a citizenship application. For further information on becoming an Australian citizen, please contact the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) on telephone 1-613-238-1040 (long distance charges apply).

PROVING YOUR GENDER AND PLACE OF BIRTH – for applicants born overseas only

If you were born overseas, please check your citizenship certificate to see if it lists your gender and place of birth. If the certificate does not list your gender AND place of birth, then you will also also need to provide your foreign birth certificate (with translation if it is not in English). If this is not possible (eg. you were born in a refugee camp), please provide your foreign passport to prove your gender and place of birth. Note: your previous Australian passport cannot be used for this purpose.

If your foreign birth certificate or foreign passport is in a different name to your Australian citizenship, you must provide a name change document to explain the difference - eg. a marriage certificate, court order, etc.  If you do not have any official name change documents to link the name on your foreign birth certificate to your Australian citizenship certificate, please contact your lodging office for advice.

IF YOU HAVE CHANGED YOUR NAME SINCE BIRTH OR CITIZENSHIP

If you have changed your name since birth or citizenship, you may need to provide additional documents.  Please click here for further information.

CHILD APPLICATIONS – NAME CHANGE FOR PARENTS

Please check your child’s birth certificate carefully to see how both parents’ names are recorded on the certificate. If either parent is currently using a different name to what is recorded on the birth certificate, that parent must provide a name change document to explain the difference – eg. marriage certificate, death certificate, divorce decree or court order. 

In the USA, it is common for birth certificates to show only the mother’s maiden name even if the mother was using a married name at the time of the birth. In these cases, the mother must show a marriage certificate to show the link between the mother’s name on the birth certificate and the current name of the person giving consent.

SIGNATURES AND DATES

Please remember that all declarations must be signed using the Australian date format: DD/MM/YYYY. We cannot accept any declarations in US date format. This applies to all declarations on the form – ie. applicant declarations, parental consent declarations, guarantor declarations, statements, etc.  All declarations must be dated within six months from the date of lodgement of your application.

You must also ensure that signatures and dates have no alterations, no corrections and no white-out. Signatures must be within the white boxes on the form.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Australian passport photos are different to US passport photos. You should check your photos carefully before submitting them with your application. In particular, the size of your head must be between 32mm and 36 mm from the top of your head (not hair) to the tip of your chin. Your mouth should be closed and your face should have a neutral expression (no smiling). The edges of your face should be visible and your eyes cannot be obscured by glasses frames or your hair. Please make sure there is no flash reflection on your glasses (it is easier to take your glasses off for the photo). Your photo should also have good lighting, no shadows and no red eye. Photos must be sharp and of high quality.

Your Guarantor (see the notes on the next page) must endorse one photo as follows: “This is a true photo of [the applicant’s full name]”, and then sign it below. Do not use paper clips or staples to attach photos to the form as this may make them unusable.

Click here for further information on photos.

IDENTIFICATION

Original identification must be provided with all applications. No copies are accepted.

FOR ADULT APPLICATIONS – please refer to the instructions on page 2 of the application form for a list of what ID is acceptable. You will need to supply ID that meets one of the combinations listed.

FOR CHILD APPLICATIONS – one piece of photo ID is required for the lodging parent. If lodging by mail, either parent can provide original ID.

PROCESSING TIME

Normal processing time is up to ten working days from the time your application is received, provided that all the required documentation and suitable photographs are submitted with the application. If you have an urgent need to travel sooner than 10 working days, please contact the office where you will be lodging your application to discuss the matter.

RETURN OF ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS

All original documents, including your old (cancelled) passport will be returned at the interview (or with your new passport if lodging via mail). Damaged passports are not returned and will be destroyed by the Passport Office. 

METHOD OF LODGEMENT

Most applications must be lodged in person at an Australian Embassy or Consulate-General.  Check here to find out whether you are eligible to lodge by mail.