PASS is Proof

PASS and the Young Scot National Entitlement Card

All of the Over 700,000 Young Scot National Entitlement Card carry a Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) Logo. PASS helps young people to access the good and services they are entitled to and ensures retailers don't lose out on legitimate business

Over 73 percent of young people have been issued with a Young Scot Card. PASS is supported by a number of organisations including, the Scottish Government, Police Scotland, the Scottish Retail Consortium, and Scottish Grocers Federation.


What is PASS and how it can help you

The PASS card scheme is operated by a Community Interest Company providing accreditation to suppliers of Proof of Age Cards in the UK.

The Young Scot National Entitlement Card is issued by all 32 Local Authorities in Scotland. Young Scot audits all Local Authorities against strict standards to ensure that they issue card under the highest standards.

Sellers of age-restricted products can be confident in accepting cards with a PASS hologram, safe in the knowledge that the scheme is supported by the police, trading standards and a wide range of trade bodies.

Scottish Law states that along with passports and drivers licences, the Young Scot National Entitlement Card with the PASS hologram is a legal and trusted way for young people to prove their age and access those goods and services to which they are entitled.

Not all young people have access to a drivers license or Passport. By accepting PASS you are saying to Over 700,000 young people with a Young Scot National Entitlement Card that you support their rights to access good and services.

You can support PASS. If you would like copies of posters or stickers please email us.

  • Share the PASS Awareness Pack with your staff
  • Use the "PASS accepted here" window stickers
  • Display the PASS 'Five Step Check' poster in your staff room or in public
  • Brief your staff about the Young Scot Card and Pass so they know what to look for
  • Finally, please email us or get in contact with us on social media to say you are PASS Promoters - and happy to view every presentation of PASS on its own merits - we'll help share your story on social media to position you as a responsible retailer who has young people's interests front of mind.

Benefits of Accepting PASS

Backed by Scottish Law

The Young Scot National Entitlement Card stands equally with a driver’s license or a passport as legitimate proof of age under Scottish law.

A Trusted Source

Throughout Scotland, it’s trusted by shops, clubs, bars,  cinemas and all 32 of Scotland's Local Authorities.

Prevent Identity Fraud

The Home Office and Police Scotland recommend that young people do not use  their passport or driving licence as proof of age to reduce the risk of loss/theft and identity fraud.

A Universal Card

Not all young people can afford a driver's license or passport. The Young Scot Card is free for all young people. Over Over 700,000 young people have a Young Scot Card


All cards in Scotland are issued by real people working in Scotland's 32 Local Authorities. This means you can be sure about the details on the card.

Tamper Proof

All Young Scot Cards are now issued with a "magenta" strip across the date of birth to make it tamper-proof and the unique PASS hologram is registered Trademark.


Every Young Scot Card with a PASS Hologram is issued by a provider who has been through a stringent  accreditation process a regular audits


Genuine PASS and Young Scot cards cannot be obtained over the internet. All applications must go through a rigorous process with our accredited card issuers, Scotland's 32 Local Authorities.

As valid as a Driver's License/Passport

The rigour of the PASS application process combined with the absence of evidence of forged cards bearing the PASS hologram makes PASS as reliable as passports and driving licences. 

Passports and Driving Licences are perfectly legitimate as proof of age, experience has shown that these valuable documents if lost can lead to identity theft by organised criminals. The Young Scot National Entitlement Card provides an equally legitimate proof of age option to retailers and could help reduce the opportunities for organised crime.

Police Scotland – PASS Police Scotland Chief Superintendent John McKenzie, Safer Communities

Trading Standards services fully support the PASS scheme and recommend retailers accept only passports, driving licences or prescribed documents such as the PASS approved Young Scot National Entitlement Card.

SCOTS – PASS Peter Adamson, Chairman, Society of Chief Officers of Trading Standards in Scotland

We’d encourage licensed premises and door stewards to accept the new improved Young Scot cards as proof of age. New security measures mean they are tamper resistant and as credible for proof of age as a passport or driving licence.

Best Bar None Glasgow – PASS Eleanor Lee/Best Bar None Glasgow (run by Community Safety Glasgow)

Useful PASS Resources and Information

The PASS Pack

Download our PASS pack. It's completely free and includes your pass booklet, posters for staff and a refusal form to help you accept valid Young Scot cards as proof of age.

The PASS Website

Young Scot manages the Proof of Age Standards Scheme in Scotland on behalf of PASS, the UK’s national proof of age accreditation scheme. Visit their website for more information about PASS across the UK.

The Young Scot Card

PASS is offered on every Young Scot National Entitlement Card. The Young Scot National Entitlement Card is Scotland's smart card for young people. Have a look to find out everything the Young Scot can do.

Offer a discount

Interested in building your business and reaching more young people. These are loads of ways to become a Young Scot discount partner. It's easy, simple and free to create a discount for the Over 700,000 Young Scot cardholders.

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