Verification of Identity for Property Conveyancing Transactions [WebVOI, ZipID, Aust. Post or Book Directly with Us]

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Before Blue Ocean Law Group℠ can assist you with your property transaction we first need you to organise a [Face-to-Face] Verification of your Identity.

You will generally need 100 Points of Identity Paperwork

As a general guide please be prepared to show your current (unexpired):

✅ Passport;

✅ Drivers Licence (DL); + 

✅ A Utility Bill for the current address on your DL.

We recommend the following alternatives

1️⃣ WebVOI ➲ Remote Video Solution for Verification of Identity

Click here to contact us to request this service.

Cost $12.65 (Fixed Fee).

WebVOI is an easy-to-use online identity verification platform that allows you to complete your VOIs to the same standard every time whether in person, remotely or via one of our trusted settlement agents.

We use facial recognition and the latest technology to read, scan and compares IDs and return a report within minutes that flags any potential authenticity concerns.

It is our way to help you feel confident that you can easily complete your due diligence accurately.

2️⃣ ZipID ➲ Don't wait in line, ZipID come to you in Metro* areas [Mon-Sat]!

➲ Click here to book an appointment.

Cost $59 [Fixed Fee].

Need help with your booking?

➲ Call ZipID on 1300 073 744

2 hour booking windows available:

Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 6:00pm

Saturday, 8:00am to 12:30pm

➲ Or send an email and ZipID will get back to you.

*Available in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Canberra, Newcastle and Geelong Metro areas and Suburbs.

ZipID postcode coverage area [70% of Australian Households].

Important information regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The health and safety of our mobile representatives and customers is a top priority.

If you have recently visited a high-risk area, have recently returned to Australia from overseas, have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) or are currently under self-quarantine please contact us immediately to discuss your appointment options.

ZipID holds the right to cancel or reschedule your appointment for 14 days to reduce the risk of spreading the virus and to help us maintain our operations and customer service.

3️⃣ Attend you local Australia Post office

Identity checks for property transfers

✅ Acceptable Identity Documents

The Verification of Identity service fee is $49 and payable to Australia Post.

Fees can be paid by cash, EFTPOS, Visa or MasterCard.

Cheques are not accepted.

4️⃣ Directly with Blue Ocean Law Group℠

Contact us to book an appointment.

Cost starting from $55 [Fixed Fee, unless special circumstances apply which require us to spend additional time on your VOI].

Subscribing Members: [FREE].

❌ Note: Verification of identity reports are not transferrable between conveyancing practitioners, lawyers or mortgagees.

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More than 1000+ Australian lawyers use this industry leading automated legal document generation solution. It uses Embedded Lawyer-Logic™ designed by leading lawyers in their respective fields.

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This FAQ was written by James D. Ford GAICD | Principal Solicitor, Blue Ocean Law Group℠.

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This FAQ was written by James D. Ford GAICD | Principal Solicitor, Blue Ocean Law Group℠.

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What is a *.law web domain?

⚖️ *.law is a top-level-domain (TLD) that aims to:

Promote trust in the professional legal community by creating a:

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✅ Exclusive; and

✅ Reserved online space in which only accredited lawyers and law firms can establish a comprehensive digital brand.

✅ Website users can have confidence they are dealing with an authorised and licensed lawyer/law firm.

✅ *.law offers effective branding to those in the legal community, with the ability to secure a domain name that clearly communicates who you are + the legal resources you provide.

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Will the purchaser of NSW Property need to pay purchaser surcharge duty [8% of the purchase price] and/or purchaser surcharge land tax?

Is the NSW Property Buyer a foreign person?

A buyer of NSW property will generally be considered a foreign person and liable to pay NSW purchaser surcharge duty [8% of the purchase price] unless:

✅ The buyer is an Australian citizen; or

✅ Has lived in Australia for more than 200 days in the 12 months before the purchase date, [+] is either:

⚖️ A New Zealand citizen, who holds a subclass 444 visa; or

⚖️ A permanent resident of Australia.

As well as paying Surcharge Purchaser Duty, foreign persons who own residential land must also pay Surcharge Land Tax.

If the situation is complex, we recommend the purchaser obtain specialist tax advice.

^ Source: LawCover Short Minutes: Surcharge Purchaser Duty

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This FAQ was written by James D. Ford GAICD | Principal Solicitor, Blue Ocean Law Group℠.

Important Notice:

This FAQ is intended for general interest + information only.

It is not legal advice, nor should it be relied upon or used as such.

We recommend you always consult a lawyer for legal advice specifically tailored to your needs & circumstances.