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Evidence of age

In NSW, you must be at least 18 years of age to enter a licensed venue and drink alcohol.

Anyone who appears to look under 25 years old may need to provide proof of age when entering a licensed venue, buying, or consuming alcohol from that venue.

Accepted proof of age IDs includes:

  • A driver or rider licence or permit issued by an Australian State or Territory or any foreign country
  • a NSW Digital Driver Licence
  • Australian or other passport
  • NSW photo card
  • proof of age card issued by a public authority of the Commonwealth or of another State or Territory for the purpose of attesting to a person's identity and age
  • Keypass (over-18) identity card issued by Australia Post.

Fake ID

There are financial consequences for minors who use a false ID in order to enter or buy alcohol from a licensed venue. They may be issued with a $220 on-the-spot penalty and fined up to $2,200 by a court. Provisional drivers may also have 6 months added to their driver licence.

If you are suspected of being a minor and committing an offence by being in a licensed venue without ID or holding a false ID you may be asked to state your full name, home address and date of birth. You may be asked for this information by the licensee, venue staff, security, police officers or inspectors.

If you are unable to produce an accepted proof of age card, or refuse to provide your name, address and date of birth you may be issued with a $220 on-the-spot penalty and fined up to $2,200 by a court.

It's not just a risk for you. If you are under age and found drinking in a licensed venue, the licensee or approved manager can be permanently disqualified and the venue could have its liquor licence suspended.