PASS (the Proof of Age Standards Scheme) is a government-backed scheme in the UK that gives young people a valid and accepted form of proof of age identification. The scheme is supported by the Home Office, the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). Set up in January 2003, it acts as an umbrella system: it does not itself issue identification cards, but various proof of age card schemes operate under the PASS umbrella, and issue cards bearing a PASS hologram.
- Half of all lost passports are mislaid in pubs, bars and nightclubs, where the document is at risk of falling in to the hands of criminals.
- There is an opportunity here for the sector to support its customers and to lead a fundamental change in attitudes regarding acceptable forms of ID.
- The Government’s campaign will use posters, letters to stakeholders and social media to raise awareness of the issue.
“Half of all lost passports are mislaid in pubs, bars and nightclubs, where the document is at risk of falling in to the hands of criminals.”