1. Read this guide
Read this guide and additional information at www.passports.gov.au. Applications that are incorrectly filled, incomplete or do not adhere to requirements, will delay the processing of your passport.
2. Complete the application form
Start your application online and print it for lodgment. All application forms must be pre-filled online and printed prior to your appointment.
3. Collect all your citizenship and identity documents
- Full Australian birth certificate issued by an Australian state or territory Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages and if you were born on or after 20 August 1986, additional documentation to confirm your citizenship.
- Your Australian citizenship certificate issued by the Commonwealth of Australia (or documents from the register of citizenship by descent/Australian births/adoptions overseas).
- A combination of official documents to support your identity - combination 1 or 2 or 3:
Combination 1: one document from Category A + one document from Category B
Combination 2 (if you cannot present Combination 1): two documents from Category B+ one official document that includes your photograph
Combination 3 (if you cannot present Combination 1 or 2): at least three documents from Category C that show your name and current address + one official document that includes your photograph and signature (your application may take longer if you are using Combination 3).
If none of the documents you present in Combination 1 or 2 shows your current address, you must also present one document from Category C that does so.
All foreign documents presented with an application must have been issued by a government authority.
These documents must be current at the time of application
These documents must be current at the time of application, with the exception of the Australian passport
4. Name changes
You must present original documentation supporting every name change since your birth or acquisition of Australian citizenship. Please see the Name change section for further details.
5. Obtain passport photos
You need to provide two high quality colour glossy photo prints that are no more than six months old. No retouching of photographs permitted. The photos must meet particular requirements. We recommend you check the requirements before you have your photos taken and ensure the person taking the photos understands these requirements.
6. Choose a guarantor to endorse your application form and one of your photos
You will need a guarantor to endorse your photograph and complete section 12 of your application form. You guarantor should ideally be Australian with a current (unexpired) Australian passport that was issued with at least two years' validity. If you do not know an Australian passport holder who can meet the requirements, you may use someone currently employed in your country in the following approved professional groups. This person does not have to be Australian (but this may delay your application):
- Certified accountants, engineers, or bank managers (senior management);
- Judges, barristers, solicitors, patent attorneys, clerks of court, bailiffs, sheriffs;
- Registered medical practitioners, dentists, registered veterinary surgeons, registered nurses;
- Members of Parliament, elected city, county and district councillors;
- Police officers with at least 5 years continuous service;
- Teachers - full-time, who have been teaching for more than 5 year; or
- Civil servants - full-time, who have been employed continuously for at least 5 years by their current government.
Your guarantor must also:
- be 18 years of age or over;
- have known you for at least 12 months;
- not be related to you by birth, marriage, de facto or same-sex relationship, nor live at your address;
- be able to endorse the back of one photograph in English by writing "This is a true photograph of (applicant's full name)" and sign in black pen.
7. Lodge your passport application in person
You must lodge your application in person. Remember to take along your original identity documents, which will be checked and returned to you at the time
- To lodge your application at the Australian Embassy, Moscow, you must book your appointment online. Interviews for passport applications can also be arranged at the Australian Consulates in St. Petersburg and Almaty, Kazakhstan. To lodge your application through our consulates, follow these steps.
- Remember to bring the originals of all the relevant documents (which will be returned to you at the time), endorsed photos and the means to pay the passport fee at the interview.
- Fees can be paid in RUB by bank card only over the counter or remotely. Cash payments are not accepted.
- Please note that Passport Fees change every month. For the latest fee in RUB please email or call the Embassy directly to confirm the required amounts prior to making payment.
If you have further queries, please check www.passports.gov.au as most likely the answer to your question can be found there. If you are still unable to resolve your query, you can contact the Australian Embassy's Passports Section at email@example.com or on +7 (495) 956 6070.