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This procedure relates to how businesses or licensed premises, door staff and police should deal with those presenting false identity (ID) and the subsequent disposal of the documents, in various situations. This will most commonly occur within the night time economy, but the procedure should also be considered for any issue where false ID is used by a child or young person (up to 25 years).

The Home Office Document, Guidance on examining identity documents published in July 2016, discusses document verification and the interpretation of the recommended forms of ID:

  • Passports
  • National identity cards
  • Biometric residence permits and cards
  • Other residence documents
  • Driving licences
  • Military identity cards
  • Official identity documents (police warrant card etc)

It goes on to make specific recommendation to door staff, premises, and the police. Guidance to the police includes:

  • designating a Single Point of Contact (SPOC) within the Police
  • advice on forged documents
  • how to manage the return of ID as well as possible approaches to dealing with offences

Only certain categories of person (for example, a police constable) have legal powers to seize false ID. However, any member of staff presented with false ID may ask for it to be handed over. Further, they may advise the individual that if they fail to hand over the false ID, the police may be called to investigate the possible commission of an offence relating to the use of the false ID.

This guidance has already been publicised by the Home Office and is being independently promoted by licensed premises.

This document lays out the process that is to be followed by North Yorkshire Police (NYP) Officers and takes precedent over the Home Office document, False Identity Guidance.

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