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How to copy or transfer people between Medicare cards

You can copy or transfer between Medicare cards.

You can copy or transfer from one Medicare card to another. The other card can be someone else’s card or a new card.

If you transfer to another Medicare card, we’ll remove you from the existing card. If you copy to another card, you’ll also remain on the existing card. You can be on a maximum of 2 Medicare cards at one time.

If you’re a parent, your child can be copied onto a Medicare card of their own or another existing card. They can remain on your Medicare card if you request this as their parent or guardian. If you and your partner have separate Medicare cards, your child can be copied on both.

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 order must sign the form.

How to submit an application

Only the applicant listed as person 1 on the form needs to visit a service centre. They should bring with them:

  • the completed form - signed by all people listed who are 15 or older
  • their identification - only person 1 needs to provide identification.

Identification can be either a:

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

Only post your application to us if:

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

Use the address on the form to post your application and any certified copies of documents to us. You’ll need to tell us in writing why you can’t attend a service centre.

How you'll get your new card

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

Remember, you can use the Express Plus Medicare app to get a digital copy of your Medicare card.

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Page last updated: 9 November 2018