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 should recognise and have confidence in the card because it is approved by the Proof of Age Standards Scheme.
The application processing fee is just £12. Applicants 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
To apply for a PAL card click on the link below and you will be re-directed to Southwark Council's application process pages.
Southwark Council administers the PAL card scheme so your personal data will be processed by that authority to fulfil your request.
You'll be asked to enter your details and pay the processing fee and you must complete and return a paper application form. Online applications are currently unavailable due to technical restrictions.
Note that the application form has two parts, one for the applicant to complete and one for a verifier. A verifier is someone who can act as your referee who has no family connection with you but will be able to confirm your application is correct and truthful. The verifier must work in one of the recognised professions listed at the end of this page and be contactable via a work landline telephone.
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 your personal data is not sold or shared - unlike some other card providers. This means you won't be bombarded with spam emails, unwanted texts or junk mail just because you have the card.
Other PASS approved cards are available. To compare costs and help you decide which best suits your needs, check the PASS website.
Please allow up to four weeks. When you return the completed application form to our card producers verification checks are carried out with your referee. Once these are satisfied your card is produced and dispatched.
Similar to UK Passport applications, referees for PAL card applications must either:
- Work in a recognised profession; or
- Be ‘a person of good standing in their community’.
Additionally, referees must:
- Have no family or personal relationship with, or live with, the applicant (including that of guardian or foster carer);
- Be currently employed; and
- Agree to be contacted at their place of work via landline
Recognised professions include:
articled clerk of a limited company
assurance agent of recognised company
bank/building society official
chairman/director of limited company
commissioner for oaths
councillor, e.g. local or county
civil servant (permanent)
director/manager/personnel officer of a VAT-registered company
engineer - with professional qualifications
financial services intermediary, e.g. a stockbroker or insurance broker
fire service official
insurance agent (full time) of a recognised company
Justice of the Peace
legal secretary - fellow or associate member of the Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs
licensee of public house
local government officer
manager/personnel officer of a limited company
member, associate or fellow of a professional body
Member of Parliament
Merchant Navy officer
minister of a recognised religion - including Christian Science
nurse - RGN or RMN
officer of the armed services
paralegal - certified paralegal, qualified paralegal or associate member of the Institute of Paralegals
person with honours, e.g. an OBE or MBE
photographer - professional
Post Office official
president/secretary of a recognised organisation
Salvation Army officer
trade union officer
travel agent - qualified
valuer or auctioneer - fellows and associate members of the incorporated society
Warrant Officers and Chief Petty Officers