Copying or transferring people between Medicare cards

You can only enrol on 2 Medicare cards at the same time.

If you’re 15 years old or more, and are on your family Medicare card, you can:

  • apply to have us copy you to your own Medicare card - you’ll also remain on the existing card, or
  • apply to have us transfer you to your own Medicare card - we will remove you from the existing card

You can also ask us to copy or transfer you onto another person’s Medicare card. This might be your spouse or partner.

Your child can be:

  • copied onto a second Medicare card if requested by you as their parent or guardian
  • copied on your card and your partner’s card, if you have separate Medicare cards

We can copy or transfer you to a new or existing Medicare card, at a service centre.

What you need to do

Complete an Application to copy or transfer from one Medicare card to another form.

List all people you want to copy or transfer. People 15 years old or more must sign.

Bring either your:

  • driver’s licence
  • passport
  • marriage certificate
  • birth certificate - original or certified copy
  • current Australian school or educational photo ID, or
  • proof of age card

Submit your application

You need to give us:

  • your form, and
  • other documents we’ve asked for – either originals or certified copies

You can do this at a service centre. People 15 years old or more who want us to copy or transfer them, need to come with you. This is because:

  • you need to prove your identity
  • you need to prove you’re in Australia

You can post your application and any certified copies of documents to us only if:

  • you live in an area remote from a service centre, or
  • there’s a medical reason you can’t attend

You’ll need to tell us in writing why you can’t attend a service centre.

Wait for the result

We’ll send your Medicare card to you in 3 to 4 weeks.

You can register for a Medicare online account through myGov.

Use the Express Plus Medicare app to get a digital copy of your Medicare card.

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Page last updated: 23 March 2017

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