Proof of Age Standards Scheme

The Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) is the UK’s national proof of age accreditation scheme, endorsed by the Home Office, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and the Trading Standards Institute (TSI).

PASS sets and maintains minimum criteria for proof of age card issuers to meet. All cards schemes are required to submit to periodic audits carried out by an independent audit team appointed by the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) to ensure that they meet and keep the standards required for PASS accreditation.

The aim of PASS is to provide:

  1. Reliability
  2. Assurance
  3. Confidence for retailers, enforcers and young people.

The PASS hologram on a card is the hallmark indicating that the card issuer has passed a stringent audit carried out by Trading Standards Officers and that the card may be relied upon. Pass card issued after 10th June 2014 are required to conform to a standard layout and format (except in Scotland).

You can find out more about the PASS Scheme at

There are a number of different card suppliers. They all now follow a common design (except for Young Scot) an example of which, from card issuer CitizenCard is shown below. For more information about this and other Card Suppliers, visit our Card Supplier page.