NSW Photo Card

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NSW Photo Card
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The front of a NSW Photo Card with highlighted photo card number
Issued by  New South Wales
Type of document photo card
Purpose Identification
Eligibility requirements Residents of NSW aged 16 or over
Expiration 5 years or 10 years if over 21
Cost $5 if obtained with a drivers licence or $14. Free to NSW seniors, concession card holders and Centrelink carers.

The NSW Photo Card is a voluntary photo card provided by the Roads and Maritime Services, New South Wales, Australia. It is credit-card sized and bears the cardholder’s photo, signature, name, address and date of birth. Notably absent is the gender of the holder.

The NSW Photo Card replaced the 'proof of age' card on 14 December 2005. The proof of age card was age-restricted to adults between 18 and 25 years old, initially, the NSW Photo Card was issued to anyone over 16 years of age not in possession of a state driver licence. As of 1 March 2017, the NSW Photo Card is available to all residents of NSW aged 16 and over, whether or not they have a state driver's licence. At the time of driver licence renewal, a discounted fee can be paid to obtain the additional card.[1] According to the Roads and Maritime Services, the card can be used to enter licensed premises and to open bank accounts.

There are three numbers on the photo card, that could cause confusion: First the photo card number (PC Number) on the front centre-left. This number does not change even after re-issue. Second there is a card number on the front top, and finally a number on the rear, top left.

The rear of the card has a space for an address label and displays the date of birth with the last two digits of the year in large numbers, e.g. "85" for 1985 - possibly to help with quick age identification at restricted premises.


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