The Working with Children Check card is valid for five years unless surrendered or revoked. We’ll send you a reminder email, text or letter in the mail 28 days before your card expires.

When should I renew my card?

You can renew your card online from six months before its expiry date until three months after it has expired. 

It’s illegal to do child-related work after your card expires unless you’ve lodged your renewal, or you now qualify for an exemption (see our 'When you don't need a Check' page). If you still intend to do child-related work after your card has expired, you’ll need to start a new application.

How do I renew my card?

You can now do this through Service Victoria. It's a new Victorian Government website bringing different services together in one place.

Renew your Check (External link)

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Alternatively, you can register for access to MyCheck, then login to renew your card.

 

Photo requirements if you need to upload a photo

You might need a new photo if you have renewed your card before or changed from a Volunteer to an Employee card. 

You need to :

Face the camera with your head straight, not tilted

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Head straight photo example

      

Have a neutral expression on your face

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Neutral expression photo examples

        

 

Only show your head and shoulders

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head and shoulders photo example

Be in front of a plain, light-coloured background

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Background reference photo

 

Have your eyes open

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Eyes open example photo

 

 

You can wear:

Glasses if you normally wear them

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Glasses reference photos

 

Apparel covering your hair if you do so for religious or medical reasons

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Head covering photo images

Your photo must be:

Colour

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Colour photo reference

Have sharp focus

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Sharp focus reference photo

jpg or jpeg format

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File type reference

A strong contrast between face and background

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Contrast reference photo

A minimum 406 x 521 pixels

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Photo resolution image

Well lit with no shadows

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Photo shadows reference

 

Less than 5MB in size

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File size reference image

Less than 12 months old

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Less than 12 months reference photo

 

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