Challenge 25 is a proof of age policy followed by many places that sell alcohol are starting.
Under the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Act 2010, it is now the law for anywhere that sells alcohol to have a proof of age policy. Retailers can pick any age as a minimum but it has to be 25 years or older. So if you look like you are under the age of 25 years old and you try to buy alcohol in a shop, bar or restaurant they are required to ask you for proof of age.
What could this mean for you?
If you look like you are under the age of 25 years old then you may be asked to provide proof of age. If you are unable to provide any proof then you will not be sold the alcohol. So it’s well worth getting hold of proof of age and keeping it in your wallet!
What can you use to prove your age?
If asked to prove your age, the following documents are recommended as acceptable:
- A passport
- A European photo card driving licence
- A PASS hologrammed card (Young Scot Card, Citizen Card and Validate UK card)
Got your Young Scot Card?
Anyone who is aged 11 to 26 in Scotland is entitled to a free Young Scot card. To find out how to get one in the Get your card section of this website.
If you have a Young Scot card already then it’s worth checking to see if it looks like this.
If you received your Young Scot card over 4 years ago then it may be the old version of the Young Scot card. If it doesn't have the PASS logo on it then it might not be accepted as proof of age. You will need to get your card updated.
Will my Young Scot card be accepted as proof of age?
The Young Scot card is a PASS accredited card, so it is a legally acceptable way to prove your age. However, retailers have the right to refuse any sale.
If you have any problems with having your Young Scot card accepted as proof of age take a note of the place and contact the Young Scot InfoLine for free on 0808 801 0338 (Mon-Fri, 10am til 6pm). We may be able to contact the premises and raise the issue with them.
Remember: it is illegal to attempt to buy alcohol if you are under the age of 18 years old.