New style photocard driving licence

New style photocard driving licence

We have been informed that some Pubwatch members and their staff have been confused by customers producing the new style photocard driving licence as proof of age ID.

What’s changed?

The new card, provided by Gemalto (UK), has a refreshed design and incorporates a host of improved security features including a new security holograph, raised surface pattern and an Optical Variable Ink (OVI) which will continue to keep the driving licence secure. The latest security features will also help in the fight against fraud.

The old driving licence format is still valid and will be updated gradually as they are renewed and replaced. The release of the new driving licence was subject of a press release in February 2014 which can be viewed on the GOV.UK website

We would remind Pubwatch members that it is good practice when seizing documentation to make a full record in your premises incident book and hand to the police as soon as possible together with a ‘bailment form’. In July 2012 the Home Office published a useful guide covering the issues relating to false ID, which can be viewed at