ACS Backs Passport Office & Home Office Campaign; Encourages PASS Cards as Alternate Form of ID

ACS is supporting a new campaign by the Passport Office and Home Office that aims to prevent identity fraud as a consequence of stolen or lost passports.

The government is urging students and young people to leave their passports at home when going on a night out and to use a PASS card instead, the national proof of age accreditation scheme card with photo identification on it.

Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill said: “A passport is a highly valuable document. If it gets lost or stolen, not only does it cost the holder money to replace it, but it can fall into the hands of criminals unless it is handed in and cancelled.

“We are working with a number of stakeholders including retailers, licensed premises, police, local authorities and students, to communicate that there are better ways to prove your age, such as the PASS card.”

The Home Office endorsed PASS scheme is funded by trade organisations including the Association of Convenience Stores, the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers, and the British Beer and Pub Association.

ACS Chief Executive James Lowman said: “Retailers can expect to see even more proof of age cards as the government rightly tries to address the problem of lost and stolen passports by encouraging people to use PASS accredited proof of age cards instead of taking their passports when they go shopping or on a night out.

“This is a timely reminder for retailers that cards bearing the PASS holograms can and should be accepted as proof of age. ACS can provide retailers with guidance and support on implementing proof of age policies in store.”

More information on the PASS scheme and preventing underage sales for retailers is available on the ACS website here.

More information on the newly launched campaign by the Passport Office and Home Office is available here.

This entry was posted by Leah on Wed, 21/12/2016 - 12:56
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