Showing ID when you buy takeaway alcohol
You may be asked to show photo identification (ID) if you buy alcohol in all of the following places:
- Alice Springs
- Tennant Creek
- all communities with a liquor permit system in place.
Your ID must show all of the following:
- your photo
- your name
- your date of birth.
Changes to who can buy takeaway alcohol
From 1 September 2017 all Territorians and visitors to the Northern Territory will need to show photo ID to buy takeaway alcohol.
Find out more about the changes to who can buy takeaway alcohol.
How it works
When you buy restricted alcohol such as cask wine and fortified wine, your photo ID is scanned.
The business can then check all of the following:
- if you are allowed to buy a certain amount of alcohol
- if a court has banned you from buying any alcohol
- if an underage person is trying to buy alcohol.
Identification you can use
The photo ID system reads many different types of identification cards, including all of the following:
- driver licence
- evidence of age card - also known as 18+ card
- other forms of photographic identification as approved by Licensing NT.
You may need to apply for a birth certificate from the Births, Deaths and Marriages Office before identification can be issued.
Examples of identification
18 + ID card
If you are from overseas
You can use national identity cards from over 50 countries, listed below.
Over 100 other official identification cards from the countries listed can also be used.
Canada - all Canadian provincial driver licences and the Canadian Citizen card (11 cards)
United Arab Emirates
United States - all 50 US state driver licences plus numerous other official cards (over 100 cards).
Last updated: 27 June 2017