A unique proof of age card scheme has launched for students in Sandwell aged 16+.
The card – developed by Sandwell Council in partnership with Citizencard UK – will be recognised nationally as official photo identification.
What’s different about Sandwell’s card is that it also has the applicant’s National Insurance number on the back. This helps students keep the number handy for applying for jobs and bank accounts and to register to vote.
The launch was part of the national #Vote100 campaign run by the Electoral Commission to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the first women getting the right to vote.
Students should ask their head of Year 11 or 12 to check if their school/college has joined the scheme. If so, they can apply for a card free of charge through their school/college.
Councillor Steve Trow, cabinet member for core council services, said: “This a wonderful example of innovation and teamwork between our electoral services, trading standards and the officers who work to tackle under-age drinking and smoking.
“Our unique card offers a single solution to help young people stay safe, apply for jobs and bank accounts and make sure they’ll get their right to vote as soon as they reach 18.”
Students from Oldbury and George Salter academies attended the launch to help celebrate the benefits of their new proof of age Citizencard.
In picture: Cabinet member for core council services Councillor Steve Trow and cabinet member for public health and protection Councillor Elaine Costigan launch the Citizencard with Amanjit from George Salter Academy and Evan and Morgan from Oldbury Academy