How to get an IHI
Find out how to get an Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI).
You already have an IHI if any of the following apply:
- you have a Medicare card
- you have a DVA card
- you’re enrolled in Medicare.
If you don’t have an IHI, you can get one either online or using a form.
Get an IHI online
You’ll need one of the following identification documents:
- your passport, with a valid Australian Visa
- your Australian driver licence.
We’ll use these documents to verify your identity and give you an IHI.
Follow these steps to get an IHI online:
- Sign in to myGov
- Select services or link your first service.
- Select IHI service from the list
- Follow the prompts to get your IHI, and link the service.
Get an IHI using a form
If you don’t have identification documents, you can get an IHI using the Request an Individual Healthcare Identifier form. If you fill in a form, it will take you longer to get an IHI, compared to getting one online.
You’ll need to provide other acceptable identity documents with your request.
Get an IHI under a different name
If you’re concerned about using your real name, you can use a different name or pseudonym to register for an IHI. You’ll need an existing IHI before you can request an IHI in a pseudonym name.
To do this, complete the Request or merge a pseudonym Individual Healthcare Identifier record form.
You won’t be eligible to claim Medicare or PBS medicines under your pseudonym.
When you submit a form, you need to provide certified copies of your identity documents.
Page last updated: 8 November 2021
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