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PASS is currently consulting on Digital Proof of Age

25 February 2020 | Melissa Toney

The Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) is the UK’s national proof of age accreditation scheme, endorsed by the Home Office, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

PASS is leading a consultation with retailers, proof of age providers, enforcement bodies and consumers to find a common solution to acceptance of digital proof of age in physical retail outlets such as shops, pubs, clubs and cinemas.

PASS said “A growing number of people want to prove their age through a digital system on their phone as well as, or instead of having a physical proof of age card, and this consultation aims to help them to do that by finding the best way for that proof of age to be verified.”

How will it work?

When a young person produces any card with the PASS Hologram, the retailer only needs to check photo and date of birth

PASS has published the consultation paper open to anyone who has a view on this important topic, and particularly aimed at digital proof of age providers, retailers, publicans, entertainment venues, users of digital proof of age, technology and data experts, public sector and enforcement bodies, and groups working with young people.

The key elements of the proposed solution are:

  • Verification of valid digital proof of age through the retailer scanning a QR code on the customer’s phone;
  • The retailer being able to programme common code into their till systems, or as a minimum to download a free app to use on their own phone;
  • No exchange of data from the customer to the retailer;
  • A defined focus on using digital proof of age in a physical retail environment, not online;
  • Mirroring of the same PASS standards for verifying the age of an applicant before a physical card is issued, for digital proof of age companies.

What are the benefits to you the trader?

With the hologram in place you will have peace of mind that the information is correct and can be confident that the card is a trusted form of ID. It should also make the identification process quicker and more efficient for every operator.

The consultation will run until 30 April 2020, and PASS welcomes views from all interested parties.

If you would like to discuss the consultation and find out how you can contribute please contact Melissa Toney by calling 0117 906 9400 or email

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