PASS and the Young Scot National Entitlement Card
All of the 685,000 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 70 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 685,000 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
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.
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.
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.
Useful PASS Resources and Information
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.