Introduction

A NSW Photo Card can be used as photo identification if you don't have a NSW Driver Licence. It has the same application process and security features as the driver licence, and should be accepted as identification everywhere a driver licence is recognised.

You can hold both a driver licence and a Photo Card if you wish, and use the Photo Card to prove your identity in situations not related to driving.

Visit a service centre and apply in person for your Photo Card, and if you apply for or renew your driving licence at the same time, you'll pay a reduced fee.

Note: There are also concessions for pensioners and carers.

What you'll need

  • the PDF form – 'NSW Photo Card Application'
  • if you don't have a NSW Driver Licence or your expired Photo Card, you'll need:
  • your concession card details (if applicable)
  • your payment (if applicable).

How to apply

  1. Download and complete the NSW Photo Card Application – PDF.
  2. Gather your driving licence or expired Photo Card, or the necessary identity documents.
  3. Visit a service centre to have your photo taken, and submit your application.

Who's eligible?

You must be:

  • a NSW resident
  • aged 16 years or over
  • able to provide acceptable proof of identity documents.

You may be eligible for a free NSW Photo Card if you have one of the following:

  • eligible concessions:
    • NSW Seniors Card
    • NSW Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) issued by Centrelink or Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA)
    • DVA Gold card endorsed with: 
    • TPI (Totally & Permanently Incapacitated)
    • EDA (Extreme Disablement Adjustment)
    • war widow/er.
  • evidence from the DVA confirming:
    • you receive a disability pension of 70% or higher or an intermediate pension, or
    • you've been assessed at 50 or more impairment points.
  • receive the Centrelink Carer Allowance.

 

Things to keep in mind...

  • If you apply for a Photo Card at the same time as you apply for, or renew, your driver licence, you'll pay a reduced fee for the Photo Card.
  • The Photo Card is voluntary – you don't have to have one, but if you don't have any other kind of photo identification, you may find it useful. It is valid for 5 years (or 10 years for eligible customers aged 21 and over).
  • If you haven’t received your Photo Card through the mail within 10 working days, please call us on 13 77 88.

Payment methods

You can review transaction payment options on our payment methods page.