26th November 2015

Proof of Age London card

Hassle free ID supported by London Trading Standards

If you're under 25, pubs, clubs, cinemas and shops selling age-restricted products will ask you for proof of age. Don't take your passport out and risk losing it, take your Proof of Age London (PAL) card out instead.

Businesses recognise and have confidence in the card, which is approved by the Proof of Age Standards Scheme.

How much is a PAL card?

Individual applications cost just £10. To apply you must be;

  • Resident in a London Borough and aged between 16 and 25 or;
  • A student aged between 16 and 25 and attending a London borough-based school, college or university
How to get a PAL card

To apply for a PAL card you must complete and return an application form.

Simply provide your details below and click on submit when done. An application form will then be posted to you. Online applications are not possible due to technical restrictions.

Southwark Council administers the PAL card scheme so your personal data will be processed by that authority to fulfil your request. LTS does not retain this information.

If you attend a school, college or university please tell us the name, address and postcode of it

For any enquires related to the PAL card please email: pal@southwark.gov.uk

What's so good about PAL?

As well as being very reasonably priced, the PAL card is PASS approved. This means it meets the strict requirements of the Proof of Age Standards Scheme - the UK’s national proof of age accreditation scheme, endorsed by the Home Office, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

Businesses nationwide can therefore have confidence in the card and you should have no problems getting it accepted at venues demanding proof of age. It is also IDscan compatible. If you do have problems with your card, you can report it here.

Another bonus is we promise not to sell on your personal data - unlike some other card providers. This means you won't be bombarded with spam emails, unwanted texts or junk mail just because you have our card.

How long will it take to get a PAL card?

Please allow a maximum of two weeks. When you return the completed application form to our card producers verification checks are carried out. Once these are satisfied your card is produced and dispatched.

Other PASS-approved cards

Other PASS approved cards are available. To compare costs and help you decide which best suits your needs, check the PASS website.

Your personal data - PAL card application forms

The PAL card scheme is administered by Southwark Council’s Trading Standards Team. That authority will use the personal data you submit to process and send you a Proof of Age London (PAL) application form.

The Council needs your permission to process this data and by submitting the form you are consenting to Southwark using your information to do that. Your information will be only used by Southwark Council and will be destroyed after two years. You have the right to ask for any of your details to be removed at any point in time from their records.

If you are concerned about how Southwark Council is using your data, please contact our Data Protection Officer via dpo@southwark.gov.uk or on 020 7525 5000.

LTS does not retain any personal data about PAL card applications.

More information about your rights and how to complain is available via the Information Commissioner (www.ico.org.uk).


Proof of Age London campaign poster - click to enlarge