National Age Card Scheme

Introduction

The Intoxicating Liquor Act 1988 (Age Card) Regulations 2007 provide for a voluntary Age Card scheme in Ireland. Age Cards can be obtained by individuals in Ireland aged 18 and over to show that they have reached the legal age for purchasing alcohol. This card is a proof of age card and is not an identity card. In fact, the card can only be used to show you have reached the legal age for purchasing alcohol. It should not be obtained or used for any other purpose.

Rules

If you live in Ireland and have reached 18 years, you can apply for an Age Card.

When applying for an Age Card you will require:

  • Your birth certificate, your passport or your GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) Card
  • One other form of identification
  • One recent passport-sized photograph
  • A credit/debit card or an Age Card voucher (available from any post office)

Authentication

The Age Card shows:

  • Your name
  • Your date of birth
  • A photograph identifying you
  • Relevant security features (such as a metal hologram, embossed symbol, encoded magnetic stripe, etc.)

Replacing a lost or misplaced Age Card

If you have lost your Age Card, the application process to replace your card is the same as for a new Age Card (see 'How to apply' below). You will be required to make a report on the loss or theft of your original card when presenting your application for authentication at your local Garda Station.

There is a charge of €10 for a replacement Age Card.

Rates

An Age Card costs €10. A replacement National Age Card also costs €10.

You are required to pay online when you are applying for an Age Card. You can do this using a debit or credit card, or an age card voucher which you can purchase in any post office.

How to apply

You can apply and pay for your Age Card online at www.agecard.ie. Within 3 working days of applying you will receive an application form containing your details.

You must take the application form, along with your photograph and proofs of identity to your local Garda Station for authentication within 3 months. The Garda Station will forward your application form and photograph to the printers and you will receive your Age Card within 10 working days.

You can track your application online provided you know your 6-digit application form number.

Where to apply

You apply online for your Age Card at www.agecard.ie. The website has an FAQ section with further information.

Page edited: 18 November 2014