False ID Scheme

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In Brighton & Hove schemes to crackdown and challenge underage drinking such as 'Challenge 21' and 'Challenge 25' have made it increasingly difficult for young people to use fake ID to obtain alcohol or gain entry into licensed premises.

Although these schemes have reduced the misue of ID significantly, counterfeit ID bought over the internet or IDs that are 'borrowed' from older family members or friends appear to still be causing issues for licensed premises in Brighton & Hove.

Under-age drinking is a serious concern for the BCRP and the licensing trade has a major responsibility in helping us manage this problem.

With the BCRP False ID scheme, if an indvidual is caught using a false ID or misusing the ID of another person the member venue will report the individual to the BCRP.

We then write to the individual explaining the risks and concerns around substance misuse and the consequences of entering licensed premises whilst under-age, including their vulnerability to becoming victims of crime.

They are further informed that continued misuse of ID will result in them being banned from entering licensed premises for 12 months via our Exclusion Notice Scheme on their 18th birthday.

In the event of someone else's ID being used by a minor the BCRP will also write to the owner of the ID ensuring they are made aware that their ID is being misused and warning them against 'lending' it to underage children to help them to get into licensed premises.

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An incident occured in a nightclub where an underage female gained entry using false ID. She was asked to leave the club due to high levels of intoxication; she fell down the stairs in the venue and broke her arm. Following this incident police discovered her age and the club was immediately shut down under section161 of the Licensing Act 2003. The club was subsequently reviewed and the door supervisor who dealt with the issue lost his Security Industry Agency accreditation and his job. The under-age female recieved no punishment.

After this event, the BCRP was approached by the director of a security company who asked us to find a means to prevent this from happening in the future and to challenge those who misuse ID. Many young people see underage drinking and the use of false ID as a vicimless crime, however, as the case above shows, it can have serious repercussions for a business and the personal lives of those who work in the night time economy.


The BCRP are at the hub of our night-time economy partnership and continue to be innovative in meeting the challenges that come our way. Much has been achieved in terms of under-age off-sales but abuse on-premises has always been a difficult nut to crack. There have been many discussions over the years with premises owners regarding what needs to be done with seized items of identification, but this has not addressed the on-going vulnerability of the person trying to gain admission. Once again the BCRP has been at the forefront of implementing a sustainable solution which supports responsible trade and keeps people safe. I am in no doubt that life-affecting injuries or even loss of life will be prevented.
— Chief Inspector Simon Nelson, Sussex Police