January 2018


Updated card design

Police on the cards for licensees and doorstaff

From today (Wednesday 17 January 2018) PASS (Proof of Age Standards Scheme) launches a new design to reflect support from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) whose logo is now shown on the cards. The card also displays the logo of the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

Following a Home Office campaign earlier this year urging young people not to use passports as proof of age, Rachel Kearton, Assistant Chief Constable of Suffolk Police and National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) lead for alcohol and licensing, is urging customers to use the new PASS cards instead:

“Enforcing the law on underage sale is a major policing priority. 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 used more frequently in the night time economy”.

Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive of the ALMR (Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers) and PASS Interim Chairman, also welcomed the new design:

“The NPCC logo on the cards sends an important message that the police, alongside the Home Office and trading standards, recognise the card as valid ID. Mandatory Licensing Conditions make it clear that only approved physical photo-ID can be accepted at the door or at the bar and licensees and doorstaff should accept PASS cards as valid ID. “


Notes to editors:

1. The Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) accredits UK proof of age card issuers to a standard endorsed by the Home Office, Scottish Government, police, security industry, trading standards and retailers of age-restricted goods & services. PASS’s goal is to achieve universal acceptance of cards bearing the trademarked PASS hologram as retailers’ preferred proof of age.

2. 9 card issuers are PASS accredited: 4 UK-wide issuers (CitizenCard, MyIDCard, OneID4U, Validate UK), Scottish issuer Young Scot and 4 English local authorities (Bracknell Forest, Essex, Milton Keynes, Southwark).

3. PASS is supported by six major trade bodies: Association of British Bookmakers, Association of Convenience Stores, Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers, British Beer & Pub Association, British Institute of Innkeeping and the Wine & Spirits Trade Association.

For more information contact:
Dr Martin Rawlings, PASS Secretariat
07768 614281 martin@pass-scheme.org.uk