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ID for British Travellers

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ID for British Travellers

Coming over in June for a week or so with a few friends, and although I have been many times and used my photo card driving licence for ID I have just found out that one of my friends still has the old style with no photo. Just wondering what is going to be the best form of ID for them to use.

He doesn't really want to be carrying his passport around with him all the time, especially when clubbing, so wondering if a photocopy printed out or even a photo on his phone would work of the photo page from his passport.

Any other ideas or experience with this?

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1. Re: ID for British Travellers

A photocopy of a passport may be accepted at one or two places but very likely won't be at many. If I was carding somebody, I'd personally be reluctant to do so. I very much doubt a picture on a phone would work anywhere. The penalties that bars, clubs and casinos face for allowing minors are just too high for them to not be absolutely certain.

If there isn't time for him to get a new license, I'm afraid he'll need to have his passport with him.

Edited: 29 May 2014, 10:52
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2. Re: ID for British Travellers

The paper licences are illegal now

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3. Re: ID for British Travellers

The only option that will work without fail is his actual passport - a photocopy is likely to be unsuccessful on more occasions than successful and a photo on his phone is simply not going to work at all.

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4. Re: ID for British Travellers

"The paper licences are illegal now" - That's not true - whilst they may no longer be issued there is no requirement to replace a valid paper licence with a new photo licence but that's irrelevant to the OP's question.

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5. Re: ID for British Travellers

A photocopy is not a legal document for ID purposes.

The pic on a phone idea? Not a chance.

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6. Re: ID for British Travellers

How old are they? How old do they look?

Last trip my fiancé who was 32 and looks late 20's only got ID'd once, sadly I look my age and haven't been ID'd on my last few trips at all. Obviously only a relevant point if you are and look old enough

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7. Re: ID for British Travellers

I also have this problem, I only have my passport as ID! I do have an expiered one with a photo though? Would they accept that or does it have to be in date?

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"I also have this problem, I only have my passport as ID! I do have an expiered one with a photo though? Would they accept that or does it have to be in date?"

ID has to be currently valid. Don't expect ID that's expired to be accepted.

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"Would they accept that or does it have to be in date?" - There is no guarantee but I doubt the majority would even noticed it had expired.

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10. Re: ID for British Travellers

Easiest thing would be to just update the driving licence and get the photocard, you won't have any problems then.