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Proof of Identity

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information his Department holds on which major retailers accept the UK CitizenCard as proof of age. (321952)

The Home Office is aware that the CitizenCard is accepted by a number of major retailers. However, we do not hold specific information on which retailers accept the card and which do not.

The Government support PASS, which is the national proof-of-age accreditation scheme. PASS sets minimum standards for proof-of-age cards including CitizenCard. The PASS hologram on a card is the hallmark indicating that the card issuer has passed a stringent audit carried out by trading standard officers. PASS cards are easily recognisable both to retailers and young people and provide assurance that the age details on the card are correct.