Get a new Medicare card with other people

You can get a new Medicare card with other people when your circumstances change.

If you need a new Medicare card and number with other people, you can apply for it online or using a form.

We’ll send your new card in 3 to 4 weeks to the address you give us.

You can also use a digital copy of your Medicare card.

How to get a new Medicare card and number with other people online

You can get a new Medicare card using:

You can get your new card online if you meet all of these requirements:

  • you’re living in Australia and you’re an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or you have a permanent resident visa
  • you’re 15 or older
  • you’re only on one Medicare card
  • someone else doesn’t act on your behalf for Medicare purposes
  • you’re not in the care of a state or territory child protection authority
  • your current Medicare card has other people on it.

If you can’t get a new card with others online, you can use a form.

If you choose to leave a card and you’re the contact person, we’ll assign a new contact person for the card.

Add your children under 15

When you apply for your new card online, you can add your children under 15 if they meet all of these requirements:

  • they’re on your current Medicare card
  • they’re under 15
  • they’re only on one Medicare card.

We’ll copy them to your new card. Their name will be on both your card and their original card. This means both cards remain valid.

You can read our online guide about getting a new card with other people.

You’ll need to use a form if either of these apply:

  • you or your children under 15 don’t meet all of these requirements
  • you want to remove your children from their current card.

Find out how to get a new Medicare card and number with other people using a form.

Add someone 15 years or older

When you apply for your new card online, you can add someone 15 years or older. You’ll need to submit your application for a new card first, then invite them to your card.

Read more about how to manage invites to your Medicare card online.

How to get a new Medicare card and number with other people using a form

If you can’t get a new card with others online, you can use a form.

Follow these steps:

  1. complete an application to copy or transfer from one Medicare card to another form
  2. list all the people you want on your new card
  3. send your form and supporting documents to us.

You can find the email and postal address in the form.

If you choose to leave a card and you’re the contact person, we’ll assign a new contact person for the card.

Page last updated: 8 March 2022