What kind of "proof of foreign residence" is accepted/expected for a BritRail pass, which is only available to non-UK residents?

The conditions for the pass say that I have to provide such a proof when validating the pass, and whenever challenged to do so by a ticket inspector. I'm somewhat at a loss as to what it is they expect to see. I'll be carrying my (Danish) passport, of course, but supposedly they're looking for residence rather than nationality.

Various places on the net suggest a driver's license, but I don't have one.

The best I can think of is my Danish health insurance card ("sygesikringskort"). At some level, the fact that the Danish government extends tourist health insurance to me is arguably evidence that they consider me resident here ... but most of the text on the card is in Danish, and I doubt a random UK railway employee would even know what it is.

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    good luck getting anyone to so much as look at your pass, much less demand supplementary id. I might have shown my Canadian passport when I first got the pass validated. After that simply saying I had the pass usually sufficed, occasionally I got it out but once they saw the cover that was that. I think twice a conductor actually looked at the tickets themselves. I wouldn't worry about this one overmuch. Jun 27, 2014 at 16:29
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    @Kate: I had plenty of ticket gate attendants look at the pass. In several cases I had to explain to them what it was -- fortunately I must have looked trustworthy because they believed me. One of these times were a group of Revenue Protection Inspectors who thought I must be a railway employee to have the pass -- but they let me through eventually ... Aug 30, 2014 at 19:56

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I asked using the contact form on www.britrail.net and got this reply:

Dear Henning,

We understand your point however your Danish passport is sufficient ID to validate your Britrail pass.

Please don't worry and have a great trip!

I think I'll be bringing a printout of that email ...

  • ... and now I'm back home and not a single person asked for proof-of-residence at all. Not even at validating it. Aug 30, 2014 at 19:51

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