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6ft 1" ds aged 14 constantly charged adult fare...

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auntpetunia Sun 22-Sep-13 17:25:51

As it says he's just 14 beginning of July and is always asked for ID to prove he's entitled to half price train fare. Woman last night asked and still didn't believe him and charged him adult price! What 14 year old has ID? What can he use,? He has tried old passport but as picture is little kid (even though obviously him) that's rejected. Anyone know how we get round this.


RandomMess Sun 22-Sep-13 17:26:54

Hmmm dd used to carry her passport around but then the photo is only a few years old.

auntpetunia Sun 22-Sep-13 17:34:22

To be honest I won't let him have his current passport, He has a tendency to loose things.

PestoSwimissimos Sun 22-Sep-13 17:36:05

Can you get him a children's bus pass?

Marrow Sun 22-Sep-13 17:36:46

I am 6ft and used to have the same problem as a child. I used to keep a copy of my birth certificate with me and even though it didn't have a photo on it was always accepted .

auntpetunia Sun 22-Sep-13 17:39:47

pesto we don't get kids bus passes round here, and I have No idea if train staff would accept it!

FannyMcNally Sun 22-Sep-13 17:39:54

Just get him a student ID card, I think the minimum age is 12. Unfortunate but can't be helped.

SirChenjin Sun 22-Sep-13 17:43:32

We have the same problem here with DS1, who's 16, over 6 foot and currently sporting a set of sideburns! We have the Young Scot card here, not sure what you have in your part of the country? Maybe the PASS card?

OldRoan Sun 22-Sep-13 17:47:19

We were issued with PASS cards at school: Pass Cards. Looks like there are different ones for different regions.

Mine is nearly 10 years old and I used it to collect a parcel when the person at the sorting office was insisting on seeing about 5 pieces of ID...

auntpetunia Sun 22-Sep-13 17:47:29

Oh Fanny and sirchen they sound great will do some research onto Pass.

Chibbs Sun 22-Sep-13 17:49:28

you need to go the the station and bring passport etc. and a photo, and ask them to make him a child photocard.
it is like a photo card that you get when you buy a season ticket, but it will have a pic of child and their DOB on it.

OldRoan Sun 22-Sep-13 17:50:50

Sorry, meant to add - the ones we had were Citizen Cards.

soontobeslendergirl Sun 22-Sep-13 17:52:18

Ours have a Young Scot card - obviously only of use/interest if you are Scottish smile

exexpat Sun 22-Sep-13 17:52:51

I wonder if they would accept a Zip Card? They are children's oyster cards issued by Transport for London, and have photos and dates of birth on the front. You can apply for one online and they double-check the birth date against your child's passport records.

We don't live in London, but I got one for DS and DD when we were spending a week or so in London last year - DD was 9 at the time, and so entitled to completely free travel on the tube, but she looks a lot older, so I got her a card to prove she was under 11. DS was 14, so entitled to child fare on the tube, but again looks older, so I got him the 11-16 one. He is now 15, tall and very hairy and often gets charged adult fare on the buses where we live. He doesn't go on buses often enough for it to be a problem, but I have thought of getting him to try using it as proof of age.

BlueStringPudding Sun 22-Sep-13 17:57:14

Just photocopy his current passport, both my DDs had this problem when they were 14/15, and this was usually accepted as evidence of age.

auntpetunia Sun 22-Sep-13 18:12:53

Thanks everyone had a look at student I'd cards and as gonna get him one from local store, didn't know they started when 12 only had mine at college.

Chibbs Sun 22-Sep-13 18:38:40

just go to the station! it is free and is given by the station, so accepted by them!

auntpetunia Sun 22-Sep-13 19:36:04

OK chibbs will try that, but after I pulled woman last night after asking then ignoring him, I asked her what He should do but she had No answer, so I doubt they'll issue him with any sort of card.

Chibbs Sun 22-Sep-13 20:47:33

they have to. It is a requirement of any season ticket.

BrianButterfield Sun 22-Sep-13 20:57:36

The photo cards take about two minutes to make, they shouldn't mind making one especially if you go and explain why.

auntpetunia Mon 23-Sep-13 06:32:01

Chibbs think that's the problem He doesn't need a season ticket He only goes on train once or twice a week to get to drama, I'm going to look into the cards mentioned in this thread

MrRected Mon 23-Sep-13 06:34:26

We too have this problem. DS is 6ft and has just turned 12.

No answers from me, I will watch with interest.

itsliz Mon 23-Sep-13 07:30:34

Not sure what age they issue them from but I remember having a Citizen Card when I was about 15/16, which is widely accepted as a form of ID as it has the PASS logo on it.

Supermarkets and certain shops often have Citizen Card leaflets on the counters by the lottery tickets, you just need to pick one up, fill it out and post it off with a passport type photo.

Might be worth doing so that he has something he can keep on him at all times and won't matter too much if it gets lost, unlike his passport. Also useful if he's already getting asked for ID at 14, as it's likely to keep happening for the next couple of years!

Good luck smile

monikar Mon 23-Sep-13 09:56:58

I agree with getting the child photocard from the rail station as it is the train ticket you are having trouble with - at ours you need one passport picture and the birth certificate. It honestly takes about 2 minutes for them to do - DD got hers last week. You don't need to buy a season ticket at the same time - I buy DD's season ticket online and it is connected with the school in some way as they have a discount deal with the rail company, but we needed the photocard from the station as we needed to submit the number online. The station staff were perfectly happy to issue the photocard and didn't even ask her if she wanted a season ticket as many people buy these online now.

Good luck.

secretscwirrels Mon 23-Sep-13 10:10:21

My two both had this problem. I photocopied the relevant page of their passport and laminated it. It was accepted by bus company and cinema.

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