Getting your own Medicare card

You can have your own Medicare card if you’re aged 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.

If you don’t meet all of these requirements, you need to complete and send us a form.

You can read our step-by-step guide to getting your own Medicare card and number using your online account.

How to get a Medicare card using a form

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

To make sure it’s you, we’ll ask for some identification. The types of identification you can provide are on the form.

You don’t need to get your document copies certified.

Send your form and documents to us. The email address and postal address is on the bottom of the form.

Page last updated: 9 March 2022