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Use of ID in Pubs and Clubs

Use of ID in the pubs and clubs

The pubs and clubs in Southampton operate a ‘Challenge 25’ age verification scheme. This means that, if you look under 25, you will be asked for identification in order to buy alcohol. In some cases, you will be asked for ID to enter. Some clubs operate an ID scanner, which will record your ID on a secure system along with a photo taken at the time you present your ID.

Suitable ID is photographic ID with a hologram, such as a driving licence, passport or a PASS card. Student cards are not acceptable.


Unfortunately, some people have been presenting fake, borrowed, altered or stolen ID in order to get into a club or buy alcohol, which can be a criminal offence. The pubs and clubs have been working with Hampshire Constabulary in order to stop this happening. Where staff suspect that ID does not belong to the person presenting it, staff will confiscate the ID and pass it to police. Over the past year, police have received various types of ID that is suspected to be used fraudulently, including passports and residence visas / permits. If you do allow friends to use your passport or residence permits, these will be returned to the issuing authority or Embassy without exception.


To prevent these important documents from being confiscated, and avoid the hassle and embarrassment  of getting replacements, please follow our advice:

-       Do not allow anyone else to use your ID, either with or without your permission.

-       Keep your ID safe and secure at all times, do not leave it unattended in a pub or club

-       Where possible, do not use your passport or residence cards as ID. A recommended alternative is a PASS card

-       Only obtain PASS cards from reputable suppliers, for example . Do not buy cheaper alternatives