World War Two Identity Cards: Adult and Child

These World War Two Identity Cards are part of our War and Weaponry Collection.

Identity cards were introduced during the War under the National Registration Act 1939. Everyone, including children, had to carry an identity (ID) card at all times to show who they were and where they lived. Identification was necessary if families got separated from one another or their house was bombed, and if people were injured or killed. Inside the identity card was the owner's name and address, including changes of address. People had to carry identity cards where ever they went until seven years after the end of the war in 1952.