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Age Verification FAQs

Not everyone requires ID to enter a pub. However, pub owners are expected to ask you for ID if you enter a pub and look under the age of 18. While you might be able to get into the premises, they will refuse to serve you alcohol if you are under the age of 18. In some instances, there might also be staff on the door who are asking for ID before allowing you to enter. This is common practice during evening opening hours.

Yes, they can be used to verify age. The website that you are purchasing from will then carry out a check with the credit card company to ensure that you are of a legal age and are able to purchase. 

Alcohol is illegal to sell to those under the age of 18 but selling alcohol online comes with the risk of someone making a purchase when they are under 18. Therefore, alcohol websites will ask for your age as a way of verifying that you are who you say you are and that you are over the age of 18. This is a legal requirement and is something that all alcohol websites must ask and check when selling alcohol.

Personal licences have now been designed so that they last indefinitely. So, if you have been given a licence that has an expiration date, you will not need to renew as per the date on the licence. Therefore, it will be valid from the moment it is issued and you will never have to renew it. 

Every passport will have an expiration date. When that date arrives and passes, your passport will no longer be valid. What this means is that you will not be able to use your passport again and you will be unable to use it as a proof of age, even if it is just a day after the expiration date. 

Passports are generally valid for ten years but they expire. The main reason that passports expire is that it helps to minimise identity fraud. Furthermore, they expire as you are then required to prove your citizenship once again. If your passport has expired, you will not be able to use it as a proof of age and so, you will need to renew your passport with the Passport Office. 

You will only need an age verification feature on your website if you are selling goods that require individuals to be over the age of 18. If this is the case then you will have to put the correct systems in place that make it possible for you to check individuals before they can go ahead and make a purchase. This is a legal requirement so failing to put these in place could lead to fines. 

Age verifications work by checking the age of an individual. In order to make certain purchases, individuals have to be over the age of 18 and where there is uncertainty, it is possible for individuals to be asked if they look under the age of 25. 

There are several ways in which age verification is done and this can be done digitally or physically. Through the digital process, individuals will be asked to provide proof in the form of a date of birth, a credit card check or by sending through a photograph of the identification. Age verification that takes place physically is done by providing your drivers licence or your passport, both of which will clearly highlight your date of birth.

There is no way of bypassing the age verification process. If you are asked to verify your age then you will be expected to provide proof or you will be refused to be served. 

No. When you are asked to verify your age, any documentation that you can use or proof of ID has to be current. Therefore, your passport must be valid and current as this will prove that it is a legitimate form of proof.

It is the responsibility of the business and the staff that work within it to ensure that the age verification policy is implemented correctly. They should be aware of when to ask for age verification and be able to carry out the necessary checks. Businesses are legally obliged to request age verification if there is any uncertainty surrounding the age of the individual.

Age verification is in place to ensure that people below the age of 18 do not get access to products and items that they are prohibited to be in possession of. This can include the likes of knives and certain tools as well as the sale of alcohol. Therefore, age verification is used to prove the age of individuals, ensuring that they are legally able to make their required purchase.

One of the most basic forms of age verification online is through asking for your date of birth but there are other forms of verification. They might ask for credit card verification and they might ask for photography proof of your driving licence or your passport. This will enable them to see that you are who you say you are and that you are over the age of 18.

Age verification is hugely important and it is outlined by the Licensing Act 2003.

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