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Guidance to operators for age verification test purchasing (non-remote)

This guidance explains what data we need from you about age verification test purchasing when you hold a non-remote operating licence.

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  2. Introduction


It is an offence under the Gambling Act 2005 (opens in a new tab) (Sections 48 and 49) for a young person to gamble or to enter gambling premises restricted to adults. It is also an offence for a person to invite or permit a young person or child to gamble or to enter age-restricted gambling premises (Gambling Act 2005 (Sections 46 and 47) (opens in a new tab).

For these reasons, and to reinforce our role to protect children and young people from gambling-related harm, we require licensees to put in place effective age verification policies and procedures.

We also require operators to carry out age verification test purchasing. This is one method by which we assure that that an operator’s age verification policies and procedures are effective.

This page provides a summary of our:

  • non-remote age verification test purchase requirements
  • guidance for operators on conducting age verification test purchasing
  • guidance on recording and submitting test purchase results to us
  • other age verification related reporting requirements.
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