Before you begin
Before starting your application, make sure you have all the required information and supporting documents.
To register a power of attorney, you must:
- lodge a Form 16 – Request to register power of attorney/revocation of power of attorney
- deposit the original power of attorney document or a copy certified under the Powers of Attorney Act 1998 (see below) with the Form 16.
Upon registration, the dealing number on the label affixed to the power of attorney document will become the registered power of attorney number.
Find out more about power of attorney and access blank forms.
Certified copy of the original power of attorney
If you are providing a certified copy, it must be certified in accordance with section 14 or section 45 of the Powers of Attorney Act 1998.
General power of attorney (Queensland Form 1)
A good quality single-sided photocopy of the original general power of attorney can be certified under section 14 of the Act in the following way:
- each page, other than the last page, must be certified to the effect that the copy is a true and complete copy of the corresponding page of the original
- last page must be certified to the effect that the copy is a true and complete copy of the original
- photocopy must be certified by a person named in section 14 of the Act, such as the principal (the person who is appointing the attorney), a justice of the peace, a commissioner for declarations, a notary public or an Australian lawyer
- certification must be signed by the certifier and identify the full name and the position/qualification/registration number of the certifier.
Enduring power of attorney (Queensland Forms 2 and 3)
A good quality single-sided photocopy of the original enduring power of attorney can be certified under section 45 of the Act in the following way:
- certifier must either certify each page or sign or initial each page
- certifier must sign an appropriate certification clause on the face of the copy. This must contain words to the effect that the document is a true and complete copy of the original
- certifier must be a person named in section 45 of the Act, such as the principal (the person who is appointing the attorney), a justice of the peace, a commissioner for declarations, a notary public or an Australian lawyer
- certification must contain sufficient information to identify the certifier and the position/qualification that makes them eligible under section 45 (e.g. the full name and qualification/registration number of the certifier).
Refer to the Form 9 – Enduring power of attorney explanatory guide (PDF, 430KB) for an example process to make a certified copy of an original enduring power of attorney.
Deposit of supporting evidence
In some cases supporting documentation must be deposited (e.g. evidence of death of a first named attorney or a trust deed).
A copy of the document is acceptable, provided it is a good quality photocopy of the original that has been either:
- properly certified as a true copy of the original by a justice of the peace, commissioner for declarations or an Australian lawyer
- submitted in person at the time of lodgement, along with the original, at 1 of our regional business centres that accepts Titles Registry lodgements. A staff member will compare the copy with the original, then return the original to you immediately.
Alternatively, where the evidence has been previously produced to the Titles Registry, the dealing number of the registered instrument under which the evidence has been deposited should be stated in the relevant item of the Titles Registry form.
Certification requirements for supporting evidence
If submitting a certified copy, the certification must be signed by the justice of the peace, commissioner for declarations or Australian lawyer and identify the full name and qualification/registration number of the certifying officer.
If the original document has more than 1 page, the certifying officer must either:
- certify each page
- sign or initial each page, number the pages as 1 of 40, 2 of 40 and so on (if the pages are not already numbered) and certify on the last page that 'this [number of pages]–page document (each page of which I have numbered and signed) is a true copy of the original [number of pages]-page document that I have sighted.'
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