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Drinking - Do they accept UK driving licence as ID?

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Drinking - Do they accept UK driving licence as ID?

Or does it have to be passports?

Also in shops when purchasing by card, do you need to carry around ID for this as well, and again will driving licence be ok?

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1. Re: Drinking - Do they accept UK driving licence as ID?

I'm ex military(canadian forces) and in my experience you should always carry your passport when "across the pond". There is an international drivers license that you can acquire(not certain if you need it in america). Best option is to contact your government (foreign affairs). Many americans(no disrespect intended) have limited knowledge of foreign documentation. Better safe than sorry. CHEERS!

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2. Re: Drinking - Do they accept UK driving licence as ID?

Hi,

My husband and I go out twice a year from the UK. I'm 26 and he's 33. We tend to find most places are fine with UK ID, but some times the casino workers etc don't recognise it so need to get it checked over by their boss - so it can slow things down.

Carrying a passport I guess is ideal, but we try and avoid it in case we lose them as that would be a disaster. You could carry your driving licence and a decent photocopy of your passport?

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3. Re: Drinking - Do they accept UK driving licence as ID?

Thanks. I too wanted to avoid carrying passport, as it is essential.

If lost driving licence would be a pain, but wouldnt cause problems with travel.

Be interested in responses to shops as well.

Problem is my passport is in my maiden name. My bank cards, driving licence, everything else I use in my married name,

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4. Re: Drinking - Do they accept UK driving licence as ID?

I've never had a problem with using my driving licence as ID with the exception of checking-in at The Cosmo when he needed my passport. I think they are getting more and more used to seeing these as ID from the UK. Yes, you do need your ID when paying with card in the stores and basically anywhere that you may by debit or credit card.

Jo

Edited: 19 July 2013, 10:09
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5. Re: Drinking - Do they accept UK driving licence as ID?

No hard and fast answer. The overwhelming majority of places will accept your license but there will be exceptions. It can even come down to the individual doing the carding - one bartender or pit boss may be familiar with UK licenses and be fine with it but another at the same location may not be and ask for a passport.

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6. Re: Drinking - Do they accept UK driving licence as ID?

If it's the newer photo driving license it will generally be accepted as ID in Vegas. If it's the older non-photo type it won't be accepted as ID.

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7. Re: Drinking - Do they accept UK driving licence as ID?

You will need your passport to check into the hotel and to hire a car but for all purchases in shops, at casinos, in bars and restaurants and to play at a gaming table in over 15 visits to Vegas from London dating back to 2002 and including this year my UK photo card driving licence has been universally accepted as ID by everyone.

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8. Re: Drinking - Do they accept UK driving licence as ID?

I never used my passport all week for I.d. Just showed them my UK driving licence and they was fine

Edited: 19 July 2013, 11:41
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9. Re: Drinking - Do they accept UK driving licence as ID?

I never used my passport all week for I.d. Just showed them my UK driving licence and they was fine

Edited: 19 July 2013, 11:41
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10. Re: Drinking - Do they accept UK driving licence as ID?

Don't know if Vegas is any different but in Florida I used to regularly use a colour photocopy of my passport. One store asked me why I had it and I just said "well the travel companies always tell us we should leave passports locked in our room but I was aware you guys need ID". The reply was "oooooo thats a fabulous idea, more people should do that"