The Registrar and Commissioner believe the VOI standard is more robust than existing standards because:
- The identity document production involves photographic identity documents and a face-to-face meeting.
- It reduces reliance on identity documents without photographs, and reduces reliance upon documents that are easily obtained or issued, such as utility bills. The standard is aligned to the national electronic conveyancing requirements.
Because the Verification of Identity and Authority practice covers a person's right to perform the transaction on each property, a statement for each property and transaction is required.
Landgate forms are being rationalised and simplified in anticipation of the widespread adoption of electronic conveyancing. Including VOI statements for both buyers and sellers in transfer documents would make the forms unnecessarily complex.
Represented Parties: Where a person is represented by the same conveyancer/lawyer on a continuous or ongoing basis with respect to the sale and purchase of real property in Western Australia, the lodgement of caveats and withdrawal of caveats, Verification of Identity is required on the first and second document but not on any subsequent transfers within the next two (2) years. After the expiry of the two (2) years the Verification of Identity should be repeated.
Self-represented Parties: A VOI statement provided by Australia Post (previously issued by Landgate) is valid for 2 years for the property and transaction specified, being a person has 2 years to use the statement. Once the VOI statement has been used, subsequent transactions on the same or different properties will require a new VOI statement (person/s will need to be identified again). Note: It is the statement that is valid for 2 years not the identification.
The Applicant will receive one (1) VOI statement from Australia Post for each parcel of land specified on their application form. Australia Post will post your statements to you based on the address specified in your application form. Australia Post will not send your statements directly to Landgate. For more information on Verification of Identity by Australia Post please visit their website at Identity checks for self-represented parties in WA
Yes. People dealing in land in the Indian Ocean Territories (Cocos and Christmas Islands) are required to comply with the Verification of Identity practice.
No. A conveyancer/lawyer cannot provide a standalone service of Verification of Identity in a property transaction.