Australian Photo Card
TypePhoto Card
Issued byStates and Territories of  Australia
PurposeIdentification
EligibilityResidents of States and Territories of Australia. Age restrictions may apply depending on state or territory – see article.

Australian state and territory issued identity photo cards (also known as Proof of Age Cards or by other names) are photo identification cards issued by the States and Territories of Australia. While the drivers license is similar to the photo identity card, the photo identity card is treated separately here.

Summary

While each state and territory has differing rules and laws concerning the issue of these cards, they all have a number of common features. First they are issued by the government of the concerned state or territory to residents of that state or territory. Second, they are voluntary - there is no requirement to hold the card, but there is a fee to obtain the card. Third they are issued by and are closely associated with the state or territorial government agency responsible for the issuing of drivers licences, and are often similar to, produced on the same plastic as, and maintained on the same systems as drivers licences. They universally show the photo of the individual, a signature, and their date of birth. They are all credit card sized. Finally, from 1 March 2017 all states and territories of Australia allow the issue of the card regardless of whether or not the holder has a drivers licence.

The following lists the different cards and the details.

State or territory Name of card Minimum age* Available to drivers Validity (years) Shows Sex Notes Cost Ref
Australian Capital Territory Proof of Identity Card 18 Yes No expiry No $7 [1]
New South Wales Photo card 16 Yes 5 or 10 No 10 year validity if over 21 Variable [2]
Northern Territory Evidence of age card 18 Yes 5 No $28 [3]
Queensland Photo identification card 15 Yes 10 No Applicants will be asked if they want the residential address to be shown on the back of the card. $74.85 [4]
South Australia Proof of age card 18 Yes No expiry No Apply online if Driver $25 [5]
Tasmania Personal Information Card No Minimum Yes 5 No $29 [6]
Victoria Proof of age card 18 Yes No expiry Yes $10 [7]
Western Australia Photo card 16 Yes 5 No Available with or without address or both $46.80 [8]

Future purpose

The photo card may become the de facto identity card once drivers licences become electronic,[9] especially as some states such as NSW are encouraging the issue of such cards along with drivers licences at a nominal fee.[2]

Document Verification Service

The Attorney-General's Department provides a document verification service that allows for validation of some licences.[10]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Proof of Identity cards". Access Canberra. Archived from the original on 2018-12-24. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  2. ^ a b "Photo cards". Archived from the original on 2017-03-08. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  3. ^ "Apply for NT evidence of age card". 21 January 2021. Archived from the original on 20 March 2017. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Photo identification card | Licensing". Archived from the original on 2017-03-20. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  5. ^ "Apply for a proof of age card". Archived from the original on 2017-04-06. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  6. ^ "Service Tasmania Online - Tasmanian Government Personal Information Card". Archived from the original on 2017-03-20. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  7. ^ "Proof of age cards & KeyPass". 31 August 2021. Archived from the original on 17 February 2017. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  8. ^ "WA Photo Card". Archived from the original on 2017-03-20. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  9. ^ "Digital driver's licences promised for NSW if Mike Baird's government is re-elected". 13 March 2015. Archived from the original on 22 October 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Document Verification Service | Attorney-General's Department". Archived from the original on 2017-03-21. Retrieved 2017-03-20.