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Challenge 25 - Mandatory Condition

- submited by Gillian Esson

CHALLENGE 25 - New Mandatory Condition on Liquor Licences

On 1 October 2011, a new mandatory condition on liquor licences will commence, requiring an age verification policy to be in place. This involves all on sales and off sales premises to verify, on production of ID, that those who appear to be under the age of 25 years who are trying to purchase alcohol, are in fact over the age of 18 years and thus allowed to lawfully make the purchase.

The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 allows for 3 forms of identification to be accepted by licence holders and their staff (however discretion still remains with the premises as to which of the 3 they will accept):

European photocard driving licence; and
PASS accredited proof of age card.

Please bear in mind that if ID belonging to someone else (regardless of age) is used or a person's own ID has been tampered with, this is an issue that may be referred to and dealt with by the Police.

"So, if you are lucky enough to look under 25 you will be asked to prove that you are aged 18 or over when you buy alcohol. If you are under 18 you are committing an offence if you attempt to buy alcohol."


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