In NSW, you must be at least 18 years of age to enter a licensed venue and drink alcohol.
When entering a licensed venue or buying or consuming alcohol from that venue you may be asked to provide proof of your age.
The following forms of identification (ID) can be accepted as evidence of age by licensed venues in NSW:
If you're a minor and you use false ID in order to gain entry to, remain in, or buy alcohol from a licensed venue, you may be issued with a $220 on-the-spot penalty and fined up to $2,200 by a court. You may also have 6 months added to your provisional driver's licence.
You should also be aware that if you are suspected of being a minor and committing an offence, licensees, staff, security, police officers and inspectors can ask you to state your full name, home address and date of birth. You may also be required to immediately produce, or at a police station within a reasonable time, an acceptable proof of age document.
If you refuse or fail to state your name, address and date of birth, or without reasonable excuse, refuse or fail to produce an acceptable proof of age document, you may be issued with a $220 on-the-spot penalty and fined up to $2,200 by a court.
Its not just a risk for you. If you are found drinking in a licensed venue and you are underage, the venue can be fined and could lose it's liquor licence.
Regardless of what document you or your staff accept, it is important your venue has practices in place to assist with accepting proof of age / ID documents.
Tips for establishing if a document is genuine may include:
It is important to note that photo cards, driver licences, passports and Keypass identity cards can be issued to persons under 18 years of age (minors).
Standard drink and intoxication guidelines
Responsible service of alcohol