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Jan 04 2010

NY STATE LIQUOR AUTHORITY LIST OF ACCEPTABLE IDENTIFICATION FOR AGE VERIFICATION OF CUSTOMERS

It is a crime to sell, deliver or give away an alcoholic beverage to a person(s) less than 21 years of age in a licensed establishment. You should instruct your employees to check for proof of age before delivering an alcoholic beverage. In surveys, many underage purchasers say they were not asked for proof of age. Licensees are responsible for indirect deliveries of alcoholic beverages to underage person on or about the licensed establishment. Precautionary measures should be implemented to insure that underage persons are not obtaining alcoholic beverages through a third party. If you suspect that an alcoholic beverage is being purchased for an underage person, refuse the sale.

Acceptable forms of Identification include:

1) A valid driver’s license or non-driver identification card issued by the commissioner of motor vehicles, the federal government, any United States territory, commonwealth or possession, the District of Columbia, a state government within the United States or a provincial government of the dominion of Canada.
2) A valid passport issued by the United States government or any other country.
3) An identification card issued by the armed forces of the United States.

BE CAREFUL: Birth Certificates, college IDs or Sheriffs IDs are not acceptable proof of age.

Tips for checking valid ID documents:
Check for tampered or fake documents.
Check the date of birth on the ID.
Check information and photo on the document and compare data to the person presenting the ID.
Check the lamination for unclear edges.
Check for bumps or uneven surfaces on document.
Check for erased ink or alteration marks around the date of birth.
If NYS license, check security laminate for continuous state seal.
Ask for a second form of ID.

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