BCLC will implement enhanced identification requirements at B.C. casinos on Monday, June 26, to support people enrolled in its Game Break self-exclusion program.
B.C. casinos will require every individual to present government-issued photo identification for entry. This ID will be scanned by security staff and automatically checked against the database of individuals restricted from entering gambling facilities, like those enrolled in Game Break.
During this process, the system does not save any personal information for those who are permitted to the casino.
BCLC announced on May 16, 2023, that enhanced identification requirements at B.C. casinos were coming this summer. More information, including a list of acceptable ID, is available at: www.casinosbc.com/about/id-required
“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 B.C. 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.”
Comprehensive third-party reviews of BCLC’s self-exclusion program show that participants believe identification checks at gambling facilities are the best way to support their choice as they prevent them from gaining entry. British Columbians also continue to have access to free prevention, treatment and support services through Gambling Support BC.
Players are reminded that even prior to June 26, 2023, identification is required for the processing of jackpot and large prize claims and may be requested to verify age and/or identity.
About Game Break:
Game Break is BCLC’s voluntary and confidential program offering individuals the opportunity to take a break from gambling for a chosen period of time. When individuals enroll, they decide to self-exclude from B.C. gambling facilities and/or PlayNow.com, B.C.’s only legal gambling website.
While it remains the responsibility of enrolled individuals to honour their personal commitment, enhanced identification requirements at B.C. casinos will help them take a break from gambling by preventing attempted entry to gambling facilities.