New access card for the vision impaired community

Proof of identity that gives you freedom

The new Kiwi Access Card has been designed with the blind, vision impaired, deafblind and disabled communities in New Zealand in mind. Kiwi Access Card has been designed to give you the freedom you need. It has been created to give you better and easier access to goods and services, and is readily accepted throughout New Zealand.

The card is secure and reliable, and features state of the art design features, including braille. It is an easy and convenient way to help you get the most out of life, especially if you do not hold a valid driver licence and/or passport. You can apply easily for the new card at your local NZ Post. It is affordable. It can be easily carried in your wallet and features your photo on the front of the card.

The Kiwi Access Card has replaced the 18+ Card. It can be used as an evidence of age and identity card throughout New Zealand, and is available to both NZ nationals and foreign visitors.

There have been no changes in the process to obtain a 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. Apply now at your local NZ Post shop.

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 2 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.