Please note – none of the information below is legal advice. Seek legal counsel before acting on any of the information below.
You probably already know from googling around that you shouldn’t accept expired government issued IDs when selling age restricted products like alcohol or tobacco and certainly not for those under tighter scrutiny right now like cannabis and vape.
I know what you’re thinking: “Hey it’s an ID – it was valid when it was issued. It’s still the same person and they’re not getting any younger! Why wouldn’t I accept it!?” Great point. The short answer is: “It’s the law and you want to stay in business.” The law is many things – logical is not necessarily one of them. So check your reasons at the door and if you want to stay within the boundaries of the law make sure that date of expiry on that ID is in the future to comply with the law.
Wait a minute! What about the lockdowns related to COVID!?
Aha – yes! This is where things get a little trickier. Many jurisdictions have issued executive orders or other statutes to extend the expiry dates on IDs. With a little google research you may be able to find that your state is in fact allowing expired IDs to serve as a valid form of identity during lockdown and/or state of emergency. When that emergency period begins and ends varies wildly by jurisdiction.
So while we do encourage caution, we understand that especially now – businesses cannot afford to turn customers away. Do your homework if the jurisdiction of the ID considers it ‘valid’ by virtue of COVID temporary rules go ahead and accept that sale!
Token of Trust deals with this problem all the time. Click here to request a free copy of our PDF with a full list of the 50 US states and which have extensions.
If you’re considering the use of an automated identity solution make sure that you pick one that allows you to accept these COVID extensions so you don’t miss out on sales! If you think you might be interested in a solution like Token of Trust to do remote verification for online sales and delivery – contact us today. We’ve built a solution for businesses like yours that is already up and running. We handle ID verification so you can focus on what matters.