A lot of people who maybe don’t use high street banks or aren’t on the electoral register at their current address, ask if you need ID to play at online Casinos.
So in this article i will look at:
Why Casinos Ask You For ID?
If you have read some of my previous articles you will know that Online Casinos need to be licensed by the Gambling Commission to service UK customer. Even if they are based abroad.
It is part of the licensing conditions that the Online Casinos take appropriate security methods to make sure that stolen cards aren’t being used and also that their service isn’t being used for “money laundering” purposes.
The other key provision is that they aren’t allowing people under the age of 18 to gamble online, which is illegal.
They also need to know that their players do live in the region that they are licensed to operate in. This is important as online gambling is illegal in some territories.
What kind of ID are the Casino likely to ask for?
One of the key things they do is request that you provide Identification. Usually this is in the form of a photo/scan of a passport or driving licence and a scan of a bank statement (for the bank you are withdrawing cash into) or some other bill to show your address.
Asking for a photo/scan of the registered debit/credit card is common too.
I’ve been a member of many Casinos who have never asked me for identification. And the ones that have, have only done it when I was attempting to withdraw thousands of pounds. Which hasn’t happened that often, unfortunately.
Why not ask for ID when you join?
Quite simply, because it would put people off joining.
A lot of people sign up for Casinos on a whim. Usually because they see an offer or competition advertised or there is a big sporting event coming up.
And there are a huge amount of Online Casinos to choose from serving the UK market – we have a list of these Casinos.
The more complex the process of joining, the more chance the customer will go somewhere else.
In my experience the ID process took a couple of days. Not exactly conducive to impulse spending.
So, you can join a Casino without ID?
Well for most Casinos I have come across you could. You don’t need ID to sign up and start playing.
But, as I said, there is a risk if you don’t have ID at some point. It says in the Terms & Conditions that you need to be able to provide ID if requested.
And they might not bother if you are winning a few pounds here and there. But I guarantee you that if you hit the jackpot and decide to withdraw a lot more than usual – they will definitely ask you for ID.
And if you can’t provide it you won’t get the money. And that’s the end of it.
This may sound unfair, but it is in the Terms and Conditions so there is no real arguing with it.
And I have never come across a Casino that didn’t have it in their T’s & C’s somewhere.
Why You shouldn’t Join a Casino without ID?
I wouldn’t recommend it.
You can read plenty of stories online of people who won tens of thousands and then couldn’t provide ID when requested. They almost never get the money.
You can understand why the Casino companies might be suspicious of someone with no official ID.
And you can understand why someone who has been a customer for years and never been asked for ID, would be upset at suddenly being asked and denied their winnings if they can’t produce any.
But, as I constantly say, it is in the Terms & Conditions. It is the rules of playing at the Casino.
You take the chance if you don’t have ID, and you have to accept the consequences.
What if I am already a Casino member and have no ID?
You are not necessarily at risk.
The Casinos don’t want to deny people their winnings or ban people who could be long-term customers. It doesn’t help their profits and it doesn’t do much for their public image.
Most will give you some options if you don’t have the preferred documentation.
But you will have to have something official to prove who you are, where you live and that you own the debit/credit card you are using for deposits and withdrawals.
It is part of their licence conditions so don’t take it personally. Which i understand is tough if you have won a lot of money.
There also isn’t a time limit most of the time. Even if it takes a few weeks to get yourself acceptable ID, you will get your money once you do.
Personally, I’d be more suspicious of a Casino who said “we don’t need ID from you” than one who does.