Apply for your Kiwi Access Card at NZ Post

Your new photographic evidence of age and identity card

Kiwi Access Card is a photographic evidence of age and identity card, which is accepted throughout New Zealand. It is an ideal solution for you, if you do not have a valid driver licence and/or valid passport, but still need photographic identification to gain access to goods and services.

The new Kiwi Access Card is a secure and reliable evidence of age document. Formerly the 18+ Card, the new Kiwi Access Card is a new and revamped version, which has been created with everyone in the New Zealand community in mind. If you currently hold an existing 18+ Card, you do not need to replace it until it has expired. You will find the card's individual expiry date on the front of the card. Both cards are valid for ten years from the date of issue.

There have been no changes in the process to obtain a card.  You can apply for the Kiwi Access Card up to one month before you turn 18 years old, and you will then receive the card once you have turned 18. You must be able to prove that you are 18 years old or over at the time of application for the Kiwi Access Card.

Applications for the new Kiwi Access Card are available now, and can be made via NZ Post. You can pick up the application form from your local NZ Post outlet, or download the form below. The Kiwi Access Card will retail at $55 including GST.

To apply for your Kiwi Access Card you will need:

  • A passport-sized photograph. If you don’t have one you can get one taken at selected PostShops (for a fee) when you apply.
  • Proof of your address.
  • Photo ID to prove who you are, this can be your:
    • 18+ Card or Kiwi Access Card (current or has expired less than two years ago)
    • Passport (current or has expired less than two years ago)
    • New Zealand driver licence (current or has expired less than two years ago)
    • Firearms licence (current or has expired less than two years ago)
    • Certificate of identity (issued under the Passports Act 1992) (current or has expired less than two years ago)
    • Refugee travel document (issued by or for the New Zealand Government)(current or has expired less than two years ago)

If you do not have one of these, you can still apply – you need someone who can prove you are over 18 and some other form of identification, like your birth certificate. Check step 5.1 of the application form for a list of what other form of identification is acceptable.

When can I apply?

You can apply for your card up to one month before you turn 18. You will not get the card until after you have turned 18.

Where do I apply?

You need to take your completed form, $55, all your identification, a passport sized photograph, and proof of address to your nearest PostShop.

Frequently Asked Questions

Need more information? Read our list of frequently asked questions.
If you have further queries you can phone us on 04 381 9937, between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

What happens next?

- Keep hold of your receipt until you have received your card.

- NZ Post will send your application to be processed.

- You will get your Kiwi Access Card delivered by courier in about two weeks.