Do I Need an ID to Play Online Bingo?

Whether you’ve just turned 18 or you’re in your ‘70s and are looking to sign up with a new online bingo site, it is highly likely that you’re going to need to show some form of proof of age before being allowed to play online at Barbados Bingo

Just as you would have to do at a land-based bingo hall, or a brick-and-mortar casino, an ID will be required to play. This can be a bit annoying, especially if you normally would not need to show an ID in the flesh. Especially if you have to scan the document and then upload it onto the site, as most casino sites require these days. 

Nonetheless, it’s part and parcel of the process and unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to get around it. That being said, once you’ve proved your age with a bingo site, you won’t have to do it again before you are looking to make a change, so it’s only a small amount of time taken to gamble for as long as you like. 

How do they Know if I’m 18 or Over? 

The only way to prove your age to a casino site online is to show your ID. Unlike in a real casino or a land-based bingo hall, there is no-one available to look at you and tell if you are 18 or over (there’s no challenge 25 available on the internet). 

This means that literally everyone will have to show a form of ID before attempting to play bingo online, or any other form of online casino game for that matter. 

It’s a pain – we know. But it’s there to protect the law, as if the casino site lets you get away with playing under age then they will find themselves in a whole bunch of hot water. This means that they need to do everything they can to not let anyone under the age of 18 access anything on their casino site. 

Forms of ID 

In most cases, you will need a government approved document to prove your age at any form of casino, whether it’s in the flesh or online. This will usually be one of the following forms of ID: 

  • Passport
  • Driving license (photo card or counterpart should do the trick
  • Other form of government-issued ID such as NHS staff card 

In some cases, a casino will ask you for a proof of address as well, which will be a document such as a utility bill or a bank statement, so keep an eye out for that as well. 

What Happens if I Try to Play Online Bingo Without an ID? 

The fact of the matter is, gambling under the age of 18 is a criminal offence. Not just to the casino, but to you as well. Which means, if you are under 18 and try to gamble, you will be prosecuted. Be patient, folks! 18 will come.