Around 10,000 national ID cards — billed as the ideal ID for alcohol sales — are currently in circulation.
That's according to the Home Office, which said just over 11,000 people had enrolled for the cards.
It means predictions that the cards will eventually replace other forms of ID used in pubs appear some way off.
The number compares to roughly 300,000 PASS-accredited cards that are issued each year.
And unlike PASS-accredited cards, the national ID cards are not primarily used by young adults to prove their age.
The cards, which are not compulsory and cost £30, were first available to people in Manchester in the autumn and are being rolled out nationally.
Last September Identity and Passport Service chief executive James Hall told the Morning Advertiser that "over time" the cards will replace other forms of ID in pubs.