However, they want to see more detail on the plans, which were outlined in the Queen’s Speech this week.
The British Retail Consortium said more information was needed on its implementation.
David Southwell, BRC communications director, said: “Show us the detail. For example, at what age will people get ID cards?”
Association of Convenience Stores chief executive David Rae said he was disappointed the government had not announced a specific date for the launch.
He urged independents not to wait for the cards to introduce a strict no-ID, no-sale policy on relevant products.
Sean Carter, national manager of the Rural Shops Alliance, echoed his comments: “Moves towards the introduction of ID cards by 2008 are welcomed. But it’s a long wait and the RSA urges government to vigorously promote no-ID, no-sale now.”