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The Kiwi Access Card, formerly known as a +18 Card, is a New Zealand valid photographic evidence and identity document that can be used across New Zealand. However, to obtain one, you have to meet some requirements regarding the application as well as the photo for Kiwi Access Card.
Read this guide to find out what is the required size of the Kiwi Access Card photo, head position, background colour, facial expression as well as what to wear and what mistakes to not repeat.
The photographs for the Kiwi Access Card must show your true likeness and current appearance so it has to be taken within the last 6 months. Photographs must be clear and with your shoulders and head facing fully forwards. In other words, the same rules which apply for New Zealand passport photographs apply for the Kiwi Access Card too.
The Kiwi Access Card application photo should be a portrait with a 4:3 aspect ratio and dimensions of 35 mm x 45 mm for paper photos, printed on high-quality paper. It should be in JPEG format for online application, sharp and in focus. Scanned photos are not allowed. Remember to take a colour photo, in high-resolution and do not digitally change it. The printed copy has to show your natural skin colour.
The background of the Kiwi Access Card photo must be plain and light-coloured. Try to stand slightly away from the background to not cast shadows behind you. If you have a problem obtaining the right background, use our photo tool which removes unnecessary patterns and makes the background uniform.
Lighting should be balanced to create a good photo contrast. It is better to pose in natural daylight. Do not turn on the flash lamp which often causes the red-eye effect. There cannot be any visible shadows on your face or neck. The face should be evenly lit.
The face must be exposed entirely and centred in the photo. Leave a clear gap around the sides and top of the head. The face should be facing front and looking directly into the camera.
Having a natural facial expression with your eyes open, mouth closed and no smiling is only one and right way of posing for the Kiwi Access photos.
You can wear glasses in the photo unless they are sunglasses, tinted or thick-framed. Be careful not to create glare or flash reflection on the lenses! Your eyes should be clearly visible behind the glasses.
Hats, caps, hair bangs are not allowed. Only while claiming medical or religious reasons, you can keep your head covered. Headphones are not allowed.
You cannot wear any kind of uniform or camouflage. Choose something casual but remember this is your showcase to prove your identity so make sure you do not wear anything too eccentric.
Mistakes happen almost always, especially when you take photos of documents for the first time. However, one mistake can cause rejection! If your photo will not meet the requirements pointed out by the institution you are going to send it to, you can say goodby to your Kiwi Access Card. This is why knowing the most common mistakes will help you understand what to avoid while taking photographs to Kiwi Access Cards. Here are some of the main ones:
After you have met the most common mistakes on photos for Kiwi Access Cards, you know what to avoid. But to make the process faster, we recommend following our 5 steps guide on how to take the right photo for Kiwi Access Card without leaving you home!
Last update: 30/06/22
❓ What is the size of the Kiwi Access Card photo?
The size of Kiwi Access Card photo is in a New Zealand passport dimensions of 35 mm in width and 45 mm in height with a 4:3 aspect ratio. It should be in JPEG format for online application, sharp and in focus. Scanned photos are not allowed.
❓ What is a Kiwi Access Card?
The Kiwi Access Card, formerly known as a +18 Card, is a valid photographic evidence and identity document that can be used across New Zealand to purchase alcohol in NZ. It is ideal for anyone who does not hold a New Zealand driver licence or wants to keep their passport safe while traveling.
❓ Can I take a photo for the Kiwi Access Card by myself?
Yes. Just follow the New Zealand requirements regarding the Kiwi Access Cards and find a photographer or put a phone or camera on tripod about 3 meters from you, then download a photo tool app, upload a picture and the rest leave to us!
❓ Where can I get a Kiwi Access Card?
To obtain a Kiwi Access Card you should pick up the application from at a participating NZ Post or an AA Centre across New Zealand or download the form online. Then, hand it in in person at a PostShop along with the relevant documents and pay a fee.
❓ What is the second name for Kiwi Access Card?
Kiwi Access Card is formerly known as the Hospitality New Zealand 18+ Card or the HANZ 18+ Card. Sometimes called New Zealand 18+ Card.
❓ Can I wear glasses in photos for Kiwi Access Card?
You can wear glasses in the photo which are not tinted or thick-framed. Sunglasses are not allowed. Your eyes should be clearly visible behind the glasses. Be careful not to create glare or flash reflection on the lenses!
❓ Can I smile in the Kiwi Access Card Photo?
Not really. Having a natural facial expression with your eyes open, mouth closed and no smiling is only one and right way of posing for the Kiwi Access photos.
❓ Can I prove my identity with a Kiwi Access Card?
Yes, along with New Zealand passport and driving licence, Kiwi Access Card is a popular form of proving identity, for example, while buying alcohol.
❓ Can I use flash to take a photo for Kiwi Access Card?
We advice you against using the flash lamp as it cause red-eye effect is forbidden in the photos to documents. Try photographing in daylight instead. It should reflect you natural skin and the lighting should be balanced to create a good photo contrast.
Kiwi Access Card, formerly known as the Hospitality New Zealand 18+ Card or the HANZ 18+ Card. The Kiwi Access Card is photographic evidence of age documents you can use to purchase alcohol in New Zealand. It is ideal for anyone who does not hold a New Zealand driver licence or wants to keep their passport safe while travelling.
Kiwi Access Cards can be used as evidence of age at restaurants, bars and liquor stores across New Zealand. For access to other goods and services, such as opening a bank account or registering with a doctor, you should check with the individual bank or doctors surgery whether they would prefer to see your passport or Kiwi Access Card as evidence of identity.
To get your evidence of age card you will need to fill in the Kiwi Access Card application form. You can download this from the Kiwi Access Card website. You can also get a Kiwi Access Card Application Form from any participating New Zealand PostShop.
You must complete the application and hand it in in person at a PostShop along with the relevant documents and pay a fee. Then, after you filled the form and attached the required documents (read below) as well as paid the Kiwi Access Card fee, keep your receipt until you have received your card. NZ Post will send your application to be processed. Afterwards, your Kiwi Access Card will be delivered to you at the address stated in the application in about two weeks.
And one of the following identification documents:
The Kiwi Access Card fee is NZ$55, so take your bank card or cash with you to the PostShop along with the above documents if you apply in-person.
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