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Northern Ireland Driving Licence as ID for Alcohol Watch

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    Hi everyone.

    I have a question about using Northern Ireland Driving Licences as ID for buying alcohol in pubs in England and Wales. Are these valid forms of ID?

    I have had my driving licence rejected twice now - once in England and once in Wales. The first time I was told that it appeared to be a fake ID, and the second time I was told that they only accepted ID's with holograms on them.

    I haven't had any problems with the majority of places I've been to with my NI Driving Licence, but it does get a bit frustrating (and embarrassing) when I am refused.

    Do other people from NI have similar problems with their driving licences in England & Wales? And are NI Driving Licences valid forms of ID for buying alcohol? What do staff generally look for on an ID?

    I didn't understand what the lady meant when she mentioned the lack of hologram on my driving licence so I didn't question it, but I have since started bringing my passport with me every time I go to the pub which is a bit of a hassle. I have looked at citizen cards and the PASS scheme, but I just wanted to check whether my current licence is valid.

    It's valid ID and they should accept it, but it's a similar type of issue to trying to use British banknotes from Scotland or NI in England, people just aren't familiar and so are reluctant.

    DVLNI licences do look a bit different and it's just ignorance that brings them to be rejected. For an easy life, I would just get a PASS card.
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