British Columbia casinos to implement enhanced ID protocols this month


The British Columbia Lottery Corporation has advanced responsible gaming protocols that were initially detailed last month, by implementing fresh requirements across the province’s land-based casinos.

As a result, the gaming establishments are required to deploy intensified identification requirements from Monday 26 June, which is intended to support those enrolled in Game Break.

This voluntary and confidential self-exclusion program permits players to take a break from gambling, either retail or online via PlayNow, the province’s sole digital offering, for a defined period of time.

From the aforementioned date, BC casinos will require everyone that wishes to gain entry to present government-issued photo identification, acceptable examples of which can be found here

These will be scanned by security staff and automatically checked against a database of individuals restricted from entering gambling facilities, such as those enrolled in Game Break. No personal information will be saved as a result of the inspection.

Despite this impending introduction, the BCLC is keen to remind patrons that prior to this date, ID will be required for the processing of jackpot and large prize claims.

“Since announcing last month that these changes were coming, BCLC has been working to build awareness with our players about the new entry requirements and why they matter in helping us to support individuals who have asked for our help,” said Pat Davis, BCLC’s President and CEO. 

“We believe that BC is the first jurisdiction in North America to require ID at the casino door, an example of BCLC’s continued work towards our ambition of having the healthiest players in the world.”

Backing up its latest introduction, the BCLC has cited “comprehensive third-party reviews” of self-exclusion programs, which, the group said, highlighted that players selected ID check as the perfect choice in supporting prevention.