New Visa Prepaid Citizencard launched for use in pubs

By Adam Pescod

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Prepaid: New ID card can also be used for payments
Prepaid: New ID card can also be used for payments
A new government-backed ID card which can also be used for payments has been launched, and will be available for people to use in pubs and clubs.

The Visa Prepaid CitizenCard, available to anyone above the age of 12, will enable users to prove their identity and age, as well as pay for purchases online and in shops, pubs and bars.
The card carries the Government PASS mark (proof of age standard scheme) recognised as valid ID by the Home Office, the Scottish Government, the Police and Trading Standards, and is approved by Visa.
The card displays the owner’s date of birth, but also an ageband (12-15; 16-17; 18+; and 21+ cards) so retailers know if users are young or old enough to access age-restricted products and services.
It can be loaded free of charge with anything ranging from £10 to £5,000 by bank transfer, standing order, online banking or at any branch of Barclays bank.
Andrew Chevis, CEO of CitizenCard, said: “The new Visa Prepaid CitizenCard is the perfect all-round solution for younger people looking to prove their age and pay for purchases. 
“The card is a safe and useful alternative to cash, as you can spend online and if the card is mislaid you can immediately block it.  And, as it’s a prepaid card, users can only spend what is loaded.”

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