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7th June 2012

Home Office says PASS is best on a night out

Lord Henley, Minister of State for Crime Prevention and Antisocial Behaviour, has recommended that young adults should use PASS cards as proof of age on a night out to avoid the risk of losing their passports.  In his strongly worded support for the scheme, he called for retailers and door staff to accept PASS cards as acceptable proof of age.

Lord Henley said “The Government fully endorses the Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) and would strongly encourage all retailers and door supervisors to accept PASS hologrammed cards as valid proof of age. All those responsible for checking proof of age, including retailers and door supervisors, should be reassured that asking for and accepting a card with a PASS hologram and which carries the bearer’s photo and acceptable date of birth is due diligence.

Young people are rightly concerned about taking valuable documents such as their passport with them on a night out because of the risks of theft and/or loss; the Government advises against this practice and recommends PASS cards be used instead for this purpose. Young people who have taken the trouble to equip themselves with valid ID, such as a PASS card, should have confidence that it will be accepted as valid proof of age by retailers and door supervisors.  Therefore, the Government encourages all licensed premises to accept PASS cards as their preferred proof of age. ”





Photo Caption – Lord Henley, Minister of State for Crime Prevention and Antisocial Behaviour.


Further information


Kate Winstanley

07590 924710


Notes to Editors.

The Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) is the industry-led national proof of age accreditation scheme, supported by the Home Office, ACPO and the Trading Standards Institute (TSI). There are currently four national schemes and thirteen local schemes which are licensed to issue cards bearing the PASS hologram.

Only cards schemes which meet the stringent standards required for PASS accreditation are licensed to apply the PASS hologram.  Accredited card schemes are audited on a regular basis by Trading Standards Officers to ensure that they comply with PASS requirements.

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