Posession Of Identification Information (NSW)
In New South Wales it is an offence to possess identification information with the intention of committing an indictable offence. The offence is one which carries a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment.
Identification information means information relating to another person (whether living or dead, real or fictitious, or an individual or body corporate) that is capable of being used (whether alone or in conjunction with other information) to identify or purportedly identify the person, and includes the following:
- a name or address;
- a date or place of birth, marital status, relative’s identity or similar information;
- a driver licence or driver licence number;
- a passport or passport number;
- biometric data;
- a voice print;
- a credit or debit card, its number or data stored or encrypted on it;
- a financial account number, user name or password;
- a digital signature;
- a serious of numbers or letters (or both) intended for use as a means of personal identification;
- an ABN.
The offence of Possession of Identification information is contained in Section 192K of the Crimes Act 1900 which states that any person who possesses identification with the intention of committing or facilitating the commission of an indictable offence is guilty of an offence.
What Actions Might Constitute Possessing Identification Information?
A person may be charged with this offence based on:
- Possessing someone else’s credit cards intending to use them to make purchases;
- Having mail addressed to numerous other people in order to apply for credit cards in their names;
- Having someone’s passport in your possession so you can apply for a drivers licence in their name (but with your photo);
- Keeping a copy of someone’s birth certificate in order to make an application for a loan one day.
What The Police Must Prove
To convict a person of a possession of identification information offence the police must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused:
- possessed identification information; and
- did so with the intention of committing an indictable offence.
What Court Will Hear Your Matter?
As possession of identification information is an indictable offence it will be finalised in the Local Court unless an election is made by either the defence or the prosecution to have it finalised in the District Court.
In NSW, a court can impose any of the following penalties for this charge:
- Prison Sentence
- Home Detention
- Intensive Corrections Order (ICO)
- Suspended Sentence
- Community Service Order (CSO)
- Community Corrections Orders (CCO)
- Good Behaviour Bond
- Section 10A
- Conditional Release Order (CRO)
- Section 10
If you require any legal advice in relation to possessing identification information or any other legal matter, call Armstrong Legal on 1300 038 223 or send us an email.