VALIDATE UK, launched in Cardiff 1998 by the then Minister, Dr Kim Howells MP, is the longest running national proof of age card in the UK. All cards are issued in English/Welsh.
Having been involved with the PASS scheme since its inception. VALIDATE UK still works to its original recipe: to protect children and young people, to help licensees and retailers with ascertaining a person's age, and to assist those who must uphold the law.
VALIDATE UK cards are available for all ages; our oldest card holder is 97!
We have a ten working day service, a five working day service and a tracked overnight service. We realise that, when applying for a card, everyone's situation is different so do call us as we're always happy to help. If you need assistance call 01434 634996.
VALIDATE UK cards all bear the PASS hologram meaning that they are recognised by the Home Office, National Police Chief's Council (NPCC) and CTSI (Chartered Trading Standards Institute) and the Security Industry Authority (SIA), as valid photographic proof of age ID. PASS is supported by all the major trade associations - if you'd like to know which trade organisations and venues support PASS, click here. We have information packs for retailers and licensees, just call to discuss your requirement
Step 1 * Check the hologram
There are three services:
As long as we still hold your records, a replacement can be produced. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org asking for a reprint confirming your full name, date of birth and address. This will be forwarded to records who will then respond by return email.
Yes, you can. Please make sure that you have ticked the box on the application form, please make sure that you follow the instructions on the form and that you use the card applicant's surname as the reference. This is very important, it is how we check your payment against your application - if you don't do it, the production of your card will be delayed.
The bank details are;
Sort Code 20-40-09
Account Number 53164314
Reference - put the applicants name.
Just call if you have any questions.
Only if you are a Barclays bank account holder. Tell them that you want to pay us, VALIDATE UK, and use the account details as below, again, please remember to use the card applicant's name as the reference. The bank will give you a receipt for your payment, please keep that as evidence that you have paid.
Account Name: Validate UK Ltd.
Account Number: 53164314
Sort Code: 20-40-09
Yes you can, just follow the payment instructions within the payment section.
Yes you can but please be aware that if the quality of the print is poor it will be rejected. This is because we need a good quality photograph in order to produce your card.
Your photos must be 45 millimetres (mm) high by 35mm wide - the standard size used in photo booths in the UK i.e. passport sized photographs/
You can't use photos that have been cut down from larger pictures.
Your photos must be:
The image of you
Your photos must show a close-up of your full head and shoulders. It must be only of you with no other objects or people. Below are examples of how your photograph should look (the grey border is not a requirement).
Your photos may be rejected unless they show you:
Photos of children
Yes, you can apply before you turn 18. Please mark the application form in the top right hand corner 18+. We will process the application on receipt here. The card will be held until three working days before your birthday.
Sorry but we do not issue 18+ cards until you attain that age. If you want a 12/15 or 16/18 card now, that's fine, but you will need to re-apply if you want the 18+ card later. The cards don't "run out" so you can use them for as long as you want.