FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I use my card for air travel?
Many people, including our staff, use their card for internal air travel, that is air travel within the UK. However we strongly recommend that you check with your carrier as to what they require as we do not accept responsibility for refusal. Most airlines just ask for "photo ID" for internal UK flights.
I am going to France/Spain/Germany can I use my card instead of my passport?
No. Entry into another country, even if it is within the EU will require you, if challenged, to produce proper documentation. VALIDATE UK is not a substitute for a passport.
What about Southern Ireland?
Ireland, along with the UK, is a member of the Common Travel Area. British nationals travelling from the UK don't need a passport to visit Ireland. However, it is likely that you will be required to produce ID, you should check with the airline you are using to ask what they require.
Will the card get me in to pubs and clubs?
VALIDATE UK cards are PASS accredited; this is the UK Government approved standard for proof
of age and is recommended by police and the Home Office as a better alternative than a passport,
which if lost, compromises your security and is very costly to replace.
For example, all the major supermarkets ASDA, Sainsbury, Waitrose, Tesco, Morrisons, M&S etc
have national policies of PASS card acceptance, as do major chains like JD Wetherspoons, Vodka
Revolution, Deltic e.g. Oceana clubs, Pryzm, Fiction, Cameo, Liquid, Kuda, Chicagos, Unique,
Novus Leisure e.g. Tiger Tiger, Balls Bros (London), Premium Bar, Landmark, Jewel, Bar Soho,
Verve, Zoo Bar etc, Greene King Pubs, Mitchell & Butler, Marstons Pubs, Hall & Woodhouse,
Enterprise Inns, Town & City Pubs, St Austell Brewery, Stonegate eg their pubs plus Yates, Slugg &
Lettuce, Missoula Montana, The Living Room, Scream, Missoula Bars, Thwaites, Youngs, Intertain
e.g. Walkabout, Youngs, Spirit Pub Co, Fabric London, 02 etc., to name just a few. These cards are
supported by the major retail trade, night economy, and licensed trade associations.
Where a pub chain is mentioned eg Greene King this means all the pubs within that chain
obviously we can't name them all
But please remember, entry to pubs and clubs and sale of alcohol is at the discretion of the license
What happens if my card gets refused?
We would like you to email us and give us the details; we need to know who refused you, the date it happened, what reasons were given to you for refusal and the name and address of the venue or shop. Once we have the information we will escalate the matter to the right people and make sure that the refusal is investigated. Cards are not refunded for refusal but all refusals will be thoroughly investigated
Can I use my card for job interviews?
Many people use their card for interviews but it is your responsibility to find out exactly what is required by the company interviewing you as we obviously don't know what all companies require.
Can I use my card for a CSCS Test?
Many people have used their cards for the CSCS examinations but it is your responsibility to check what the examiners require.
Can I use my card for festivals?
Always check to see what the policy of the festival is, but all the major festivals such as Creamfields, Leeds, Reading, Wakestock, T in the Park, Download, Bestival, V Festival, Glastonbury, Isle of Wight, Latitude, to name a few, do accept the VALIDATE UK card.
Scanners in pubs and clubs
If you use your card in a scanning machine to gain entry to a pub or club please note that we accept no responsibility for your personal data from thereon.
Can I use my card to cash cheques and money orders ?
We advise that you ask the bank or organisation you wish to cash a cheque or money order with as to what they require for ID; banks and financial institutions have their own criteria and we can not second guess their requirements so always check first please as we are not responsible for a bank or financial institution's decision to refuse; If you are unsure then please call us on 01434 634996
Does HM Passport Office & Home Office support the use of PASS cards ?
Yes, they do ! HM Passport office is concerned about the number of lost passports, every lost passport is both a personal and national security risk therefore they urge people not to use passports for clubs and pubs.
On 21st December, 2016 the following press release was issued:-
Government launches new crackdown on passport fraud
HM Passport Office and Home Office
21 December 2016
Students and young people are being urged to leave their passports at home when socialising on nights out in a new drive to prevent identity fraud.
Those who use the highly valuable travel document as a form of age identification at bars and clubs are at risk of it being lost or stolen and potentially falling into the hands of criminals.
Her Majesty’s Passport Office, has today (21 December) launched a national campaign to tackle the issue and is encouraging students and any young person who uses a passport for age verification to use alternative identification methods.
These include PASS, the UK national proof of age accreditation scheme which issues a photo identification card.
Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill said:
Young people face a higher risk of losing their passport as they often use it as a form of age verification.
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 Licensed Multiple Retailers and the British Beer and Pub Association.
HM Passport Office is also asking anyone who comes into contact with a lost passport to immediately return it to its freepost address so that it can be cancelled.
The campaign will include posters, letters to key stakeholders, as well as a social media drive to raise awareness of the issue.
For cheaper ways to prove your age, visit www.pass-scheme.org.uk.
If you find a passport, please return it immediately to: Freepost HM Passport Office.
You must cancel a lost or stolen passport as soon as possible.
21 December 2016
HM Passport Office
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