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Age Card Scheme

The Age Card Scheme was introduced as a measure to tackle the sale to and the consumption of alcohol by persons under the age of 18.

It was provided for in Section 40 of the Intoxicating Liquor Act of 1988 was enacted in Statutory Instrument No 4 of 1999 signed on the 19th January 1999 and came into operation on the 19th April 1999.

On the 14th July 2003, Section 34A of the Intoxicating Liquor Act of 2003 introduced the following additional regulation: "The holder of a licence of any licensed premises shall not allow a person who is aged at least 18 years but under the age of 21 years to be in the bar of those premises between 9.00pm and 10:30 am on the following day (12.30p.m. if the following day is a Sunday) if the person does not produce an age document to the holder".

The current Age Card incorporates the most advanced security features available and was launched on the 24th April 2007.

The new online Age Card ordering and payment process was launched on the 1st January 2011.

To apply for an Age Card visit www.agecard.ie