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Additional forms of ID accepted 28 July 2008

Additional passports will be accepted as official ID in the ADDITIONAL forms of identification are now acceptable when purchasing age-related products in the Isle of Man.

Previously only Manx and UK passports, IoM driving licences and IoM college cards could be used when buying goods such as alcohol, cigarettes, fireworks and certain DVDs and video games.

However, following Tynwald approval, Island residents have the option of presenting any passport or a European driving licence as proof of age. The 18+ cards issued by the Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading are also now recognised as an official form of ID following the introduction of the new regulations.

Restricting proof of age documentation had led to difficulties for shopkeepers and newcomers to the Island who held passports issued outside the British Isles. It was considered necessary to amend the regulations to acknowledge the fact that the Isle of Man is now home to many different nationalities and cultures. Consequently, Licensing (Evidence of Age) Regulations 2008 were presented before the July sitting of Tynwald.

Minister for Home Affairs Martyn Quayle, who proposed the changes, said:

‘The new regulations have been produced to reflect the changing society in the Island. They will also address the difficulties business owners have experienced with evidence of age documentation for the purchase of age-related products.’

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