Police body backs revamped PASS cards

PASS proof-of-age cards are being redesigned to include the logos of the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the Security Industry Authority.

The bodies are backing the scheme after a Home Office campaign urged young people not to routinely carry their passports as proof of age because of problems caused when they get lost or stolen.

Rachel Kearton, assistant chief constable of Suffolk Police and the NPCC lead for alcohol and licensing, said: Enforcing the law on under-age sale is a major policing priority. Lost passports cause a major problem not only for the owner but for the police should they fall into the hands of criminals. 

“It makes no sense for young people to take these valuable documents into town for a night out. I would like to see PASS used more frequently in the night-time economy”.

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers and interim chair of PASS, added: “The NPCC logo on the cards sends an important message that the police, alongside the Home Office and trading standards, recognise the card as valid ID.”

The new cards will appear from tomorrow (January 17).

Among the trade bodies that support PASS are the Association of Convenience Stores and the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.