Expired Medicare cards

We’ll send you a new Medicare card about 4 weeks before your current card expires.

If your address has changed

Update your details if you’ve changed your address. If you don’t and your card expires, your card will go to your previous address and you’ll need to request a replacement card.

If you need to request a replacement card, you can:

If your card has expired

If your card expired 6 months ago or more, visit a service centre to request a replacement. You'll need an identity document, such as your driver’s licence. You may also need to show evidence you’re living in Australia. You should also bring 2 documents to prove you live in Australia like a utility bill, rental agreement or employment contract.

If you’re overseas

If you’re overseas, we can’t replace your card until you return to Australia to live.

This includes if you’re:

  • an Australian citizen who’s overseas for more than 5 years
  • an Australian permanent resident or New Zealand citizen who’s overseas for more than 12 months

Page last updated: 12 October 2017