Exemptions from having your photo taken
Find out when and how you can get an exemption from having your photo taken.
A temporary exemption for medical reasons is the only time a licence photo exemption is allowed.
The circumstances must be exceptional and there must be no photo of you already recorded on our system.
A temporary paper driver licence receipt is issued instead of a photo licence card. You must return to have your photo taken before you can get a photo licence card.
Mobility parking and photo card holders
If you're applying for a Mobility Parking Scheme permit, there are exemptions from having your photo taken. You can get an exemption if you are:
- under 16 years of age
- have a facial disfigurement
- have a disability so severe you cannot visit a service centre in person.
There are no exemptions for having your photo taken for a NSW Photo Card.