e+ PASS proof of age card

What is PASS?

The Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) is a UK-wide accredited proof of age scheme, backed by the British Retail Consortium, the Home Office, Thames Valley Police and Bracknell Forest Council. The Bracknell Forest e+ card has been granted PASS accreditation and is therefore a reliable proof of age.

Under 26 and need to prove your age?

Whether you are 18 and want to buy alcohol or 14 and want to buy cheaper tickets at the cinema or on the bus, you may find an e+ PASS card useful.

Having an e+ PASS card means you can prove your age without having to carry a passport or driving licence. PASS cards are accepted nationally as a reliable proof of age and the PASS scheme is backed by the police and government.

Anyone aged 12-25 years who is living, working, studying or regularly visiting the borough, can apply for a free e+ PASS card.

The application process can be started online and completed by showing proofs and having a photograph taken at any of our e+ service points at libraries, leisure centres or customer service centres. 

What proof do you need to apply for an e+ PASS card?

You will need to provide proof of your address and official photographic proof of your date of birth. For PASS card applications, the only acceptable forms of photographic age and identity proof are:

  • passport
  • photo driving licence
  • other PASS accredited card such as CitizenCard
  • original MOD ID card 

If you do not have any of these you can still apply but must complete one of the two verifier forms below. These require a professional person to act as your verifier.

A recent paid bill or bank or building society statement from your home address is also necessary to verify that the address is current and valid. Under 16s need a parent or guardian to attend the application and act as guarantor for their e+ application.

If you are aged 12 to 25 years old and don't have any of the above proofs but do wish to use your e+ card for proof of age, you must submit a completed verifier form from the two listed below. Full information about the process is on the forms. The following should help you decide which form to use.

Verifier form A

Use e+ PASS PDF file downloadVerifier form A (PDF, 34kb) if your personal details and date of birth are already registered with an official organisation such as a school, NHS dentist or bank.

For form A you need the following:

  • a teacher or other official employee of an educational establishment, a Connexions advisor, a doctor or dentist, a bank or building society professional, a solicitor, social worker, probation officer or prison officer, who has an official record of your age and identity and knows you well enough to validate this
  • a clear, recent, colour photograph of your head and shoulders with no hats or headgear (except for religious reasons) no dark glasses (except for medical reasons) and no hair across the eyes - you can ask staff at our e+ sites to give you a copy of the photograph they take for this purpose - the image must be signed, dated and endorsed on the reverse by your verifier as stipulated on the form

The form must be completed and signed by you and your verifier and officially stamped by the verifier.

Verifier form B

Use e+ PASS PDF file downloadVerifier Form B (PDF, 153kb) if you don't have an official record that can be used to validate your current personal details.

For form B you need the following:

  • a professional person within one of the categories accepted by the Passport and Identity Service to act as your verifier
  • a clear, recent, colour photograph of your head and shoulders with no hats or headgear (except for religious reasons) no dark glasses (except for medical reasons) and no hair across the eyes - when you register at our e+ sites you can ask staff for a copy of the photograph they take for this purpose - the photo must be signed, dated and endorsed on the reverse by your referee as stipulated on the form
  • an original birth certificate, NHS registration form or UK Visas and Immigration document, a photocopy of which must be endorsed and signed by the verifier

For either form, a verifier for PASS proof of age:

  • may not be a close relative, nor have guardian, foster parent or carer status in relation to you
  • must know you sufficiently to verify your identity
  • must give their occupation and work contact details, including a land line telephone number at their place of work on the form so we can contact them.

The verifier must also sign a declaration on the form to the effect that s/he knows:

  • you and your current age
  • that it is a criminal offence to provide false information to obtain proof of age documents.

After you have sent us your form and the accompanying documents, we will contact the person who has acted as verifier and follow a specified procedure to confirm the validity of the application before a PASS card will be issued.

How can PASS help retailers?

Over 8,000 cards have been issued to young people in the borough. Having an e+ PASS card means young people can reliably prove their age without having to carry a passport or driving licence. This helps retailers stay within the law when selling age-restricted goods as the holder's date of birth and identity are certified by the issuer. As the e+ card is a smartcard, the current age of the cardholder can also be read by an electronic e+ PASS card reader. The card has:

  • the PASS holographic logo - the authentic hologram shows the word PASS in silvery white on a background of a rainbow pattern when held under the light
  • the holder’s date of birth
  • the holder’s full name
  • a clear, recognisable colour photograph of the holder

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