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jacksprat16 | 23:07 Wed 30th Mar 2011 | Law
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for a hotel in the uk to make a photocopy of my driving licence as proof of id , i don't mind them looking at it but not sure about letting them photocopy it this has never happen (proof of id ) at any premier / travelodge / campanile / jurys or bewleys

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Well there is no law against it.
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I get more worried if they want to take an impression of my credit card "in case you spend anything", blow that.
well you must have handed it over for them to do!
I really can't see what the problem is? So they have a photocopy of your drivers licence, so what?

And, do you really think there would be a law stating that you can't take a copy of a drivers licence?
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bednobs
very droll,yes i took my licence as they said take proof of id but i didn't expect them to walk away with it and photocopy it
Never having stayed in a hotel I am a bit puzzled as to why the even need I.D. at all.
It isn't illegal, but they have to adhere to the Data Protection Laws.
They need your id in case you cause a great deal of damage, steal anything from the hotel, die in the hotel room, get ill on the premises, run up a massive bill and do a runner....
Quite common actually in all sorts of places now. I can't think why it should be illegal.
You've never stayed in a hotel daffy?? Wow.
No Chrissa, I have never wanted to either. I haven't had a holiday for about 15 years now and that was self catering.
Each to their own daffy. I haven't had one since 2002. I sometimes think holidays are overrated. Life is madness preparing to go on one and then mayhem when you come back, getting back to normal.
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hc4361
i have never needed proof of ID staying in the hotels i told u about in my question if you read it properly,it was a small hotel and prepaid
jacksprat, sorry I was replying to daffy's post.
Did you pay by credit card, jacksprat?
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yes credit card
its not bothered me about this just puzzled why photo copy it when all the big hotel chains only need your credit card swiped,not asking for id

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