PASS is Proof
PASS and the Young Scot National Entitlement Card
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.
It is supported by a number of organisations including, the Scottish Government, Police Scotland, the Scottish Retail Consortium, and Scottish Grocers Federation.
The PASS scheme and Young Scot Card ensures you don’t lose out on legitimate business and means young people can have access to the goods and services they’re entitled to.
If you provide age-restricted goods and want to know about the PASS scheme, download the PASS Awareness Pack.
This provides details of anyone selling age restricted goods or services with a quick reference point to help them arrive at a confident and informed decision about recognising authentic PASS cards as proof of age.
Not all young people have access to a drivers license or Passport. By accepting PASS you are saying to 680,000 young people in Scotland 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.
Here are just some of the people backing PASS...
"The Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) has a vital role to play in combating underage drinking as well as the underage use of cigarettes and tobacco, or the buying of other age-restricted products such as knives. The Young Scot National Entitlement Card with the PASS hologram gives retailers a credible and convenient way to confirm a purchasers age. Production of the card by a young person at the point of sale affords retailers and their staff the confidence of knowing that the card is a secure form of identification that can be trusted. Whilst documents such as 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. Both documents can be costly to replace as well as causing inconvenience and distress caused by identity theft. 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 fully endorses and welcomes the PASS Card Scheme".
Peter Adamson, Chairman, Society of Chief Officers of Trading Standards in Scotland
"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. The presence of the PASS hologram makes it easier to spot fake or altered identification and is a useful deterrent in the prevention of sales to young persons of age restricted products such as tobacco and fireworks.”
Eleanor Lee of Best Bar None Glasgow, run by Community Safety Glasgow:
“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.”