Validate UK is a national voluntary proof of age scheme which can help those who may look younger than they are to prove their age. It will also assist businesses, especially shop assistants, licensees and bar staff to determine the age of the customer that is trying to buy products such as cigarettes, national lottery tickets, fireworks and alcohol.
Meryl Gravell, leader of Carmarthenshire CC, said, 'I would encourage all of you who are 16 to 18 years old to sign up to this fantastic scheme.'
Young people who apply for a card will have their age checked through their school or college records and will then be supplied with a bilingual plastic card bearing a photograph, signature, hologram and a security overlay. The card is yellow and blue so as to be instantly recognisable and there will be a small charge of£2 per card.
Carmarthenshire CC, Dyfed-Powys Police and Dyfed-Powys Drug and Alcohol Action Team are currently working on incentives, such as discounts when using leisure facilities, for those who apply for the card. Llanelli RFC has already agreed that anyone who has a Validate UK card is entitled to a 5% discount in their club shop.