OFFICIAL UK ID CARD

VALIDATE UK provides official photographic proof of age ID cards. We are the longest established UK ID Card provider, and we're PASS accredited so this means that we have the confidence of National Police Chiefs' Council, Chartered Trading Standards Institute and the Security Industry Authority (SIA) along with lots and lots of other people that we've worked alongside across the years!

We've provided well over 1 million ID cards since 1998

Step 1

Card Recognition Guide 5-step checking process

Step 1 * Check the hologram

  • Look for the 3D effect in the background of the hologram
  • look for the small text in the background
  • The hologram must be flush with the plastic of the card NOT stuckon top of plastic.
  • If in doubt compare it with a sample card; Need a sample? Call us

Download ID-card-recognition-guide. PDF

FAQs Top10

How quickly can I have my card?

There are three services:

  • Card sent out to you within 10 working days of receipt of your application in our office (working days are Mon to Fri) – costs £15
  • Card sent out to you within 5 working days of receipt of your application in our office (working days are Mon to Fri) – costs £25
  • There is a guaranteed overnight service which means that you receive your card the next working day after we have received your application form in our office. This excludes Saturday and Sunday and is dependent upon your documents being correct and your referee check being successful. The package will need a signature when it arrives at your house; it doesn't have to be the applicant who signs. If you would rather us send it to another address, that can be done as long as you give us the full postal address in writing and enclose that instruction with your application. There are extra options with this service so it's best to call us so that we can see how best to help you.
I have lost my card, can I get a replacement?

As long as we still hold your records, a replacement can be produced. Please send an email to info@validateuk.co.uk 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.

Can I pay for my card using my online bank account?

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.

Can I pay for the card at the bank?

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.

Barclays Bank

Account Name: Validate UK Ltd.
Account Number: 53164314
Sort Code: 20-40-09

Can I pay using my debit card or credit card?

Yes you can, just follow the payment instructions within the payment section.

Can I send you a photograph that I have taken and printed?

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.

Can you give me some advice about the photograph?

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:

  • in colour on plain white photographic paper
  • taken against a plain cream or light grey background
  • identical
  • a true and current likeness of you
  • clear and in focus
  • without any tears or creases
  • unaltered by computer software

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:

  • facing forward and looking straight at the camera
  • with a sensible expression, you can smile
  • without anything covering the face
  • in clear contrast to the background
  • without a head covering (unless it's worn for religious or medical reasons)
  • no hats, beanies, head scarves, head bands or sweat bands
  • no headphones
  • with eyes open, visible and free from reflection or glare from glasses
  • if you normally wear glasses then it is alright to be photographed with your glasses on; please ensure that there is no reflective glare from the lenses
  • your eyes must be visible, not covered by sunglasses, tinted glasses, glasses frames or hair
  • without any ‘red eye'
  • without any shadows in the picture

Photos of children

  • Children must be on their own in the picture. Babies must not be holding toys or using dummies.
  • Children under 6 don't have to be looking directly at the camera or have a neutral expression.
  • Children under 1 don't have to have their eyes open. If their head is supported by a hand, the hand mustn't be visible in the photo.
I am not 18 for 2 months can I apply for my card now?

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.

I want my card now!

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.

Payment Details
  • 10 working day service is £15
  • 5 working day service is £25
  • Tracked overnight for a next working day delivery by 1pm £40 (not Saturday delivery)
  • 9am next working day deliveries are available. Call for details
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