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Why do I need a CitizenCard?

CitizenCard is the UK's leading proof of age and photo ID card. We have issued more than 2.5 million CitizenCards since 1999. Using a CitizenCard is voluntary, but it can make life much easier.

Many organisations need to confirm your age or identity and having a CitizenCard allows you to prove this. Even if you have a passport or photo driving licence, having a CitizenCard means you can leave these more valuable documents safely at home. Using a CitizenCard you can access the products and services to which you are entitled.

You can use CitizenCard for:

  • voting in general and local elections
  • home shopping (including purchasing alcohol and tobacco)
  • visiting the bookies, bingo or casino
  • entry to nightclubs, bars and pubs
  • entry to festivals
  • travel and domestic flights (including British Overseas Territories like Channel Islands)
  • starting work or for a job interview
  • playing the lottery or buying scratch cards
  • accessing housing services or claiming benefits
  • prisons visits
  • purchasing videos (DVDs or Blu-Ray discs) and computer games
  • applying for a UK driving licence (as evidence of your identity)
  • any other age-restricted entry or purchase


The PASS hologram on each CitizenCard is endorsed by the Home Office, Police, SIA and retailers.

Proof of Age Standards Scheme logo
National Police Chiefs' Council logo Security Industry Authority logo

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