AgeChecked Solutions for Knives

Many jurisdictions place age-restrictions on online knife sales. AgeChecked is used by website vendors to ensure that they are compliant with the law, by selling only to eligible customers.

Online Sales of Knives

The online sale of knives is a booming business. It is illegal for online vendors to sell knives to anyone under age. Online retailers are responsible for checking the age of the customers they sell to. Offering easy age verification services on your website provides a streamlined service allowing customers to provide evidence to support their purchase.

The UK Government are currently reviewing the legislation around the on-line sale and delivery of knives. AgeChecked have a range of compliant solutions for merchants and delivery companies in preparation for any potential law changes.

 Information on age restrictions on knife sales within the UK:

  • It is against the law to sell knives to anyone who is under 18.
  • Knives must now be collected in person, and vendors must be able to prove that they have verified their age before completing the sale.
  • It is against the law to represent knives on your website, or in your marketing material, in a way that either encourages violence, or makes combat attractive.
  • Illegal sales or marketing of knives could lead to 6-month prison sentence and/or an unlimited fine.
  • Sellers may offer the defence that they sell knives for professional use in the armed forces, or if the knife in question is an antique.
  • If you are a seller of knives, your best defence is to take every precaution when entering into a sale, which includes checking the age of the customer.
  • There are certain knives that cannot be sold legally, no matter whether the customer is 18 years old or not.
2-Stage Verification for the Sales Process

With knife-crime still on the rise in the UK, it’s in all our interests to ensure that knives are only purchased by adults who can use them responsibly.

Website owners can help by integrating AgeChecked age verification processes at the point of sale. The safeguard of requiring customers to collect knives in person then becomes the second stage of a simple, streamlined process which demonstrates responsible sales practice, and ensures that your business is fully compliant with the law.

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