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Is there a 60+ age verification card?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Over 50s Money Saving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Over 50s Money Saving
I was recently asked to prove my age (which is greater than 60 as it happens). I couldn't, which led to my losing a concession.

For the future, so that I am not impelled to carry a passport with me at all times, I was hoping to find an official looking card bearing the legend 60+.

When I search for this online, it turns out that there are organizations who are prepared for a fee to verify and issue a card bearing the logo 18+. Their blurb appears to indicate that they think this is a good enough for age verification of anyone's needs. However many charging institutions have learned to count to numbers greater than 18, so I was wondering if anyone issues a more suitable card?
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  • Savvy_SueSavvy_Sue Forumite
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    Do you have a driving licence? I think this now shows your age in plain text (it didn't used to but you could work it out if you knew how).
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  • manninmanmanninman Forumite
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    Many local authorities provide free bus passes for residents aged 60 or over. Such cards provide proof of name and identity since they need a passport-style photograph. Do you not have one? In my experience, such cards are readily accepted as proof of 'senior' status. Many bus companies recognise bus passes issued by a local authority? Do you have a National Rail Senior Rail card?
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    Electoral ID card would do the trick
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    manninman wrote: »
    Many local authorities provide free bus passes for residents aged 60 or over. Such cards provide proof of name and identity since they need a passport-style photograph. Do you not have one? In my experience, such cards are readily accepted as proof of 'senior' status. Many bus companies recognise bus passes issued by a local authority? Do you have a National Rail Senior Rail card?

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  • I generally use my passport (I carry it all the time) although I've also got a 60+ bus/train concession card issued here in N Ireland. That's also been accepted as proof of age to get concessions both in France and Germany!
  • zygurat789zygurat789 Forumite
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    scoobyd00 wrote: »
    I was recently asked to prove my age (which is greater than 60 as it happens). I couldn't, which led to my losing a concession.

    Who was this?
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  • JuneBowJuneBow Forumite
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    Generally, showing your pension book is regarded as proof of age for eligibility for concessions. However, if you receive pension by direct transfer and you do not have a pension book then you used to be able to request a form from DSS/DWP. The form was called BR464. It was a card the size of a credit card.
    I cannot see any reason why they would discontinue that scheme, so I would assume that it still is the case where you simply make the request to DSS/DWP.
    Do you want me to check?
  • amibovveredamibovvered Forumite
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    JuneBow wrote: »
    Generally, showing your pension book is regarded as proof of age for eligibility for concessions.

    What about those who are (or will soon be) 60+ and don't get a pension?

    My gym used driving licence for age and address proof to allow concessionary membership (discount for 55+).

    I have a bus pass but it's a disability one, not age-related. However it doesn't say disability anywhere on it and IIRC my friends's age-related one doesn't mention age, although the cases they come in are different colours. Would retailers know the difference?
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  • catkinscatkins Forumite
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    I am 61, don't have a driving licence, not entitled to free bus pass (I thought all councils now only give them at pension age) and am not prepared to carry my passport around with me.


    If I go anywhere where it is cheaper for oldies I ask for it. I have never been asked for proof of my age. Maybe they all think I look it but normally people say I look about 10 years younger than I am.


    The last half dozen or so times me and OH have been to the cinema and theatre I have bought 2 senior tickets even though OH is only 58. He has completely grey hair though and most people think he is older than me. It makes me feel slightly less annoyed about having to wait until I am 66 to get my pension and bus pass
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    Get an E111/ European health insurance card. Its free and shows your date of birth.
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