Revellers are being urged to leave their passports at home this party season and support the National Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) by taking their PASS card out with them instead.
And to get the campaign rolling, the Home Office is asking licensees to show their support by accepting the cards as a secure and recognised means of identification at their venues.
PASS interim chair and ALMR chief Executive, Kate Nicholls, said: “The PASS scheme is a fantastic, industry-driven scheme and it is one which we encourage retailers to support. The card itself is very secure with no successful forgeries to date.”
The scheme is endorsed by the Home Office because it is more reliable than phone-based apps which are proving flawed and insufficient against Home Office criteria. It also solves the problem that half of all lost passports occur when holders take them to pubs, bars or nightclubs.
The British Beer & Pub Association has also voiced its support for the campaign and is encouraging licensees to jump on board. Chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: “Pubs want to give young adults the warmest possible welcome, and PASS cards help us to do just that.
“A huge effort has gone into developing and promoting PASS over the years – not just to young people but to venues as well, so that door staff know that PASS is recommended as proof-of-age by both the Home Office and the police.
“Carrying your passport around on a night out is not a good idea – and of course PASS cards should be treated just the same by door and bar staff as either passports or driving licences to gain to entry, so this is a great initiative.”
To find out more about the scheme visit http://www.pass-scheme.org.uk/