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Digital ID launched for alcohol purchases

Wed, 20 Dec 2023

Residents will now be able to use digital forms of identification when purchasing alcohol on licensed premises or from off-licences.

Digital Connect ID has been approved as a convenient alternative to carrying a verified physical ID such as a passport, driving licence or proof of age card.

The Department of Home Affairs has powers under the Liquor Licensing and Public Entertainments Act 2021 to approve a form of age verification.

The Department has worked together with the Licensing Forum to agree to the use of the applications that make up Digital Connect ID as the first form of electronic age verification.

This means that when residents visit pubs, clubs or off-licensed premises to purchase alcohol, they will be able to prove their age by using one of the approved apps on a smartphone.

There are currently three free and user-friendly apps which are accepted - from YOTI, Lloyds Bank and the UK Post Office.

The apps are already available for download on Apple and Android devices through their app store. Users will be required to submit current identification and two-factor authentication requirements as part of the sign up process.

For more information, you can visit the Digital Connect ID webpage.


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