Get your own Medicare card and number

You can get your own Medicare card and number if you’re 15 or older and enrolled in Medicare.

You can get your own Medicare card online or apply for one using a form.

You can also get a new card with other people.

We’ll send your card to the address you’ve given us. It’ll arrive in about 3 to 4 weeks. You can use a digital copy of your Medicare card straight away.

Read more about how to get a digital card.

Keep in mind, you can only be on 2 different Medicare cards at the same time.

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

How to get a Medicare card online

You can get your own Medicare card using:

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

  • you’re living in Australia and you’re an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen or you have a permanent resident visa
  • you’re 15 or older
  • you’re on one Medicare card only
  • your current Medicare card has other people on it
  • you want your own Medicare card with just your name on it.

Learn how to get your own Medicare card and number using your online account.

If you can’t get your own card online, you can use a form.

How to get a Medicare card using a form

If you can’t get your own card online, complete the application to copy or transfer from one Medicare card to another form.

Send your form and supporting documents to us. You can find the email address and postal address on the bottom of the form.

Page last updated: 26 May 2022