Since late 1999 over 229,000 cards have been issued and the card has achieved its objective of providing a credible alternative to the photo driver licence to help the hospitality industry ensure that minors do not get access to alcohol, says Bruce Robertson, Hospitality New Zealand Chief Executive.
Key changes include a second, transparent photograph along with the red 18 Plus also transparent. When the card is held up to a UV light the Hospitality NZ symbol will appear. These changes will make it very difficult for the card to be counterfeited.
It is an offence for anyone to produce a false ID at a hospitality venue, and offenders can be issued with an instant $250 fine.
The speed of delivery of cards to applicants will be increased with cards now being couriered to applicants. Applicants will also be able to apply for the card in the month leading up to their 18th birthday, meaning they will have their ID soon after they turn 18.
Robertson said that the changes do come at a cost, and from 1 September a card will cost $35. Application forms continue to be available from NZ Post shops or online at www.18plus.org.nz.
Previously issued 18+ cards will continue to be a valid form of ID.