WILTSHIRE Police are supporting the national re-launch of a nationwide proof of age card.

The standardised Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) card is being launched to give retailers, bar staff and doormen confidence about the holder’s age.

More than half of passports reported lost in the UK are mislaid on nights out by people aged 18 to 25.

Superintendent Marion Deegan, head of crime prevention at Wiltshire Police said: “The Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) has ACPO’s full support as a tool to help reduce underage drinking and the associated harm to individuals and communities. PASS gives young people a convenient means of proving their age and provides retailers and door staff with a reliable means of ensuring that they are exercising due diligence.

“We strongly advise against the practice of carrying valuable ID such as passports for alcohol related purchases or entry to licensed premises. If lost or stolen these documents can be used by criminals as well as causing inconvenience and cost to those who have to replace them.”