The Home Office hopes that the new guidance compiled with the help of the National Union of Students, Proof of Age Standards Scheme, the police and the alcohol industry will assist retailers in recognising the five acceptable forms of ID by clearly listing inherent security features such as holograms, UV marks, laminate styles and sizes present in each one.
It also advises retailers on how to confiscate fake documents and what to do with them afterwards.
Crime prevention minister James Brokenshire said: "Selling alcohol to underage people can have serious consequences. We know the majority of premises are very responsible, but many retailers have told us that they are unsure of how to deal with the use of fake or borrowed ID."
Retailers can download the guidance and warning posters for their stores at www.homeoffice.gov.uk/drugs/alcohol.
The Ministry of Defence is currently working on establishing the Military ID card as a viable form of ID.