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JP News is the official newsletter for NSW JPs. It covers any essential updates to JP functions and obligations.
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The Department of
Communities and Justice regularly receives inquiries as to whether NSW Justices
of the Peace (JPs) can accept a Digital Driver Licence (DDL) as an approved
form of identification. Recent changes to the law now permit NSW JPs to accept
DDL's as an approved form of identification. Details of further acceptable
forms of identification can be found in Appendix G of the Justice of the Peace Handbook.
For more information about the authorised uses of a Digital Driver Licence please visit the Service NSW website. Information on how to certify an original document in electronic form is contained in Section 2.5 of the Justice of the Peace Handbook.
New type of birth certificate for adopted persons
From 16 November 2020, where a person is adopted and the adoption order is registered in NSW the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) will automatically issue an Integrated Birth Certificate (IBC), along with the existing post-adoptive birth certificate, on receipt of an application.
The IBC is a new type of birth certificate providing an alternative for adopted persons that includes information about parents and older siblings at birth, as well as parents and older siblings after adoption. It does not, however, change the legal effect of adoption and the person's legal name and legal parents are clearly noted.
This means that you may now see two different kinds of birth certificates:
For an existing adoption that was registered in NSW prior to this date, an adopted person or some family members can apply for an IBC. Please refer to the Integrated Birth Certificates Fact Sheet, for further information.
NSW JPs should be aware of this new type of birth certificate. NSW JPs may be asked to witness and certify copies of original IBCs. An IBC and post-adoptive birth certificate are both valid identity documents, and an adopted person may choose to use either birth certificate for identification purposes. Both certificates contain the same identifying registration number.
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The NSW Government has recently changed the law to allow NSW JPs to witness the execution of documents to be used interstate, where already authorised to do so in those jurisdictions. This means that NSW JPs can now witness interstate documents (such as Queensland land titles documents) when allowed by the law of the other state. For more information, please see our updated Witnessing overseas and interstate documents factsheet [PDF].
Issue 5, November 2018 [PDF 234kb]
Issue 4, April 2018 [PDF 803kb]
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