OFFICIAL PHOTO ID FOR THE UK

PASS SCHEME

From summer 2014 there is a new common design that applies to 18+ cards bearing the PASS hologram.

The Proof of age Standards Scheme (PASS) is the accrediting body for proof of age cards and schemes; PASS does not issue cards. PASS was launched in 2003 to establish an audit process for proof of age card schemes across the UK therefore guaranteeing that schemes operate to an exacting standard. Following its inception all PASS accredited schemes are audited every two years by professional Institute of Trading Standards auditors. VALIDATE UK PASS cards are of course still welcomed and accepted in Scotland.

Led by the Asso├ąciation of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), a new single Standard 18+ design has been adopted in England & Wales for cards issued to young people aged 18 and over. This initiative has the support of the Home Office, the Security Industry Authority (SIA), the Trading Standards Institute, all the major relevant Trade Associations, and of course ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers).

The National Police Chiefs' Council endorses the new design; police advice is not to carry passports as ID for a night out. Loosing a passport compromises your own security and is expensive to replace. The DVLA oppose driving licences being used for the same reasons.

The National Police Chiefs' Council said:
"Lost Passports cause a major problem not only for the owner but for the police should they fall into the hands of criminals. It makes no sense for young people to take these valuable documents into town for a night out. I would like to see PASS become the preferred proof of age for the night time economy."


Association of Chief Police Officers
Trading Standards Institute
Security Industry Authority

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