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The Victorian Proof of Age card is used to show proof of age for people over 18 years when buying liquor. This card is recognised throughout Australia.
You can apply for a Victorian Proof of Age card if you are over 17 years and 11 months old however, you must wait until you are 18 to use it. The application fee is $10.
1. Get an application form
You can pick up a Proof of Age card application form from:
Please note that due to the current State of Emergency coronavirus (COVID-19) in force, our Richmond offices are closed to the public. Our team can send you a copy of the application form via mail
To request a form be sent to you by mail, fill out the contact us form online
For a full list of participating agencies, see:
Please note: Making false statements and/or fraudulently obtaining an identification card is a serious offence, which may result in prosecution.
2. Find original ID requirements for application
You'll need two original proof of identity documents. One from Category A and one from Category B.
Original documents are required for sighting, photocopies are not acceptable.
Change of name
If you've changed your name, through marriage or otherwise, you must also provide documents as evidence of this change.
3. Get your documents signed
Take your completed application form and your original proof of identity documents, as well as any change of name documentation, to someone who has known you for a minimum of 12 months and who is listed on the Australian electoral roll. This person must complete and sign the 'Referee's declaration' section of the application form.
4. Sign the applicant's declaration in the presence of an Authorised person
You will need to sign your application under the ‘applicant’s declaration’ in the presence of an Authorised person. The Authorised person will check the two documents you have provided as proof of identity and then complete and sign the authorised person section under ’Applicant’s declaration'.
A list of persons who can witness the applicant's declaration, as prescribed in Section 30(2) of the Oaths and Affirmations Act 2018 is provided in Section 8 of the form.
If you need to leave your home to complete the ‘Applicants declaration’ or ‘Referees Declaration’, please ensure you follow any stay at home and social distancing requirements currently in place. For more information, see: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
5. Get your photo taken and lodge your form
Visit one of the approved photo point agencies to have your photograph taken, lodge your application form and pay the application fee. Some small agencies require you to provide your own photo.
Please ensure you take your original identification documents with you when submitting your application. The agency processing your application is required to check your identification documents and sign the application form where indicated.
Once you've lodged your application form and signed ID documents, your Proof of Age card would ordinarily be sent to you within 20-25 business days. Given the current circumstances we will make every effort to fast track processing of these applications and have these sent to you within 10 – 20 business days.
If your Proof of Age card was issued in the last three months, and if all the details on the card are correct, you can get a replacement card by emailing us and paying a fee of $25. This covers the cost of retrieving the original photo and reprinting the card.
Payment may be made by cheque to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, or through a credit card. If you are paying by credit card, you must provide the card number, expiry date and card holder's name, along with a signed authorisation to withdraw $25.
Send your letter and payment to:
Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation
GPO Box 1988
Melbourne VIC 3001
If your card is more than three months old, or your address has changed, you will need to apply for a new card as per the process listed above.
Error on card
If you find an error on your card, you will need to go back to the agency where you lodged your application form within 30 days of issue and have the information corrected. A new card will be issued at no additional cost to you.
If your Proof of Age card was issued in the last three months, and your details (such as your address) have changed, you can get a replacement card by writing to us and paying a fee of $25. This covers the cost of retrieving the original photo and reprinting the card.
If your card is more than three months old you will need to apply for a new card.
The images below show what a valid Victorian Proof of Age card looks like. We have recently updated the Victorian Proof of Age card to remove ‘Sex: male/female’. Both the previous and current versions of the card are still valid.
When checking a Victorian Proof of Age card for ID purposes, there are certain things to look out for to ensure it is valid. These include:
Sample image - front of Victorian Proof of Age card
Sample image - back of Victorian Proof of Age card
The Australian Keypass is used as an alternative to photo identification. From 2 October 2017 the Keypass ID card design changed. Both old and new designs are valid for ID purposes.
Keypass cards are issued solely by Australia Post. Applications and requests for application forms or other information should be directed to Australia Post .