CitizenCard launches a combined photo ID and prepaid Visa card

Combining proof of age, photo ID and a Prepaid Visa card

CitizenCard is launching a combined photo ID, proof of age and Prepaid Visa card, which will enable users to prove their age and identity as well as make payments in store and online (view press release). The cards, which will be available in the UK to 12 year olds and above, carries the Government PASS mark (proof of age standard scheme,) which is 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 DOB and an ageband to prove whether the user is old enough to access age restricted goods and services. The card number also indicates whether the owner is over or under 18s, as an added level of security. The card will not work at age-restricted retailers if the owner is under age. Under 16s need parental consent to apply for the card, and parents can manage their child’s account. For users over the age of 18 the card will have unrestricted use for online and offline payments, and provides photographic proof of age for retailer, pubs and clubs.

The card has no monthly or annual fees and can be loaded free of charge with GBP10 or up to GBP5,000 by bank transfer, standing order, online banking, or at a Barclays bank. Funds can be transferred between Visa Prepaid CitizenCards, and can be loaded at any Post Office or PayPoint retailer, with a fee of 2-3%.  Cardholders can also earn rewards, and by promoting the card to friends and family through a unique referral code they can earn commission, which is paid onto the card. Users can also win money through CitizenCard’s opinion surveys, ccVoice. In addition, the card displays the LEALTA logo, enabling users to receive discounts in participating stores.

The Visa Prepaid CitizenCard costs a one-off application fee of GBP15 for delivery within one month, or GBP30 for delivery within one week.

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