How to get an IHI

Find out how to get an Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI) or request an IHI under a pseudonym.

You’ll already have an IHI if either of the following apply:

  • you have a Medicare card
  • you get a Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) pension or benefit.

If you don’t have an IHI, check to see if you’re eligible to enrol in Medicare. If you're eligible for Medicare, please enrol and we'll give you an IHI.

If you’re not eligible for Medicare or a DVA pension or benefit, you can still register for an IHI.

To request an IHI, complete and submit a Request or update an Individual Healthcare Identifier form.

You’ll need to provide certified copies of your identification with your request. Find out how to get certified copies of your documents.

Register for an Individual Healthcare Identifier under a different name

If you’re concerned about using your real name, you can use a different name, also known as a pseudonym, to register for an IHI.

You won’t be eligible to claim Medicare or Pharmaceutical Benefits under your pseudonym. You need an existing IHI before you can request an IHI in a pseudonym name.

To request or merge an IHI for your pseudonym, complete the Request or merge a pseudonym Individual Healthcare Identifier record form.

You’ll need to provide certified copies of your identification with your request. Find out how to get certified copies of your documents.

Next: How to get certified copies

You need certified copies of your identity documents when you apply for an Individual Healthcare identifier (IHI). Only acceptable referees can certify these.

Page last updated: 22 February 2021