Back when I turned 18, in 2002, one of the first things I did was order a ‘Prove It’ card from the Portman Group. At the time, it was one of only three cards that could be used to prove your age when buying alcohol – the others being your passport or a photocard driving license. I didn’t have a driving license then, and didn’t really want to take my passport around whilst out drinking. So this was the best option, even if not all pubs and bars accepted it – in the early years they were notoriously easy to create fakes from.
Twelve years later and I still have the card. It’s not the exact same one as they were re-issued some time ago, but it’s still years old. The picture is still one of me aged 18. And until now it’s still been in my wallet.
With the end of my twenties looming next month, I decided it was about time to take the card out of my wallet. The last time I was asked for ID when buying alcohol was a couple of years ago, and in any case I have a driving license now – albeit a provisional one. Furthermore, the Portman Group discontinued the Prove It scheme in 2007, and whilst it should still be valid, I haven’t bothered to try it.