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Everything You Need to Know About Checking IDs for Alcohol

As an establishment that sells alcohol, you have a responsibility to do your part in preventing underage drinkers from slipping through the cracks. When it comes to checking IDs for alcohol, one wrong move can cost you significantly. Failing to catch underage drinkers can not only put the community at risk, but can also put your business at risk for lawsuits or shutdown. Here are a few things you can do to catch fake IDs in the moment:

Check IDs at the Door

While some grocery stores and restaurants might not restrict entry of customers based on age, bars and liquor stores should exercise extra caution when checking IDs for alcohol. Underage drinkers have been getting around age restrictions with relative ease by:

  • Having “of-age” friends purchase their drinks from the bartender
  • Using fake IDs to trick bartenders and store clerks

To prevent underage drinkers from using these sly tricks and more, one of the best techniques is to check IDs for alcohol establishments at the door.

Use the FLAG Method

Checking IDs is something that is obligatory for any establishment that sells age-restricted products. For those checking IDs for alcohol by hand, try checking out our ultimate ID checking guide or using the FLAG method, which stands for:

  • Feel– Identify the tactile features of an ID:
    • Check for the laser embossing on signature and date of birth
    • Feel the magnetic strip to see if it’s been sealed properly
  • Look– Find the features that are identifiable to the naked eye such as:
    • Transparent imagery
    • Expiration date
    • Laser engraving (outline of state or state-specific emblem)
  • Ask Questions– While knowledge-based authentication (KBA) is generally ineffective by itself, using KBA can help you catch underage drinkers in the moment. Ask them to confirm:
    • Driver’s License Number
    • Zip Code
    • Date of Birth
  • Give Back or Get It– If you can confirm the ID is real, proceed with the sale. If you have reasonable doubt that the ID is fake, you should confiscate it and turn it over to the appropriate authorities.

Although the methods above can be incredibly effective simply using the naked eye, technological solutions can add an additional often-needed layer of security.

Try an ID Scanner

While the FLAG method can help you catch poorly made fakes, more sophisticated fake IDs can slip past trained professionals with relative ease. That’s why you will want to integrate an ID scanner for heightened accuracy in catching fakes. With that said, you don’t want just any simple scanner— you need a scanner that can catch fakes with the highest accuracy possible. That’s where Intellicheck’s ID checking solution comes in. Intellicheck can almost completely eliminate the number of fakes falling through the cracks.

Ensure Total Accuracy with Intellicheck

With the latest technology, today’s fake IDs can look as real as ever. Thanks to modern advancements, we now also have improved technologies for catching convincing fakes, such as systems like Intellicheck. Intellicheck is a convenient and foolproof ID checking tool that can be installed right onto a smartphone or your point-of-sale system. It guarantees over 99% accuracy as well as improved efficiency to ensure the safety of everyone involved. With Intellicheck, you can make certain your business runs as smoothly as possible without a second glance.



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A transaction takes place every time you scan /validate an ID.

The transactions that you purchase are available for use for up to one year from the purchase date. When you run out of transactions, you automatically purchase another bucket of the same number of transactions that you originally purchased.

Groups allow you to set-up notifications that are shared across a specific set of devices. For instance if you marked a person as “do not serve” that alert would show when their ID was scanned by any user in the group.

Once you fill in the application form and are approved for purchase, you will be sent a credit card payment link. Once you have made your first payment, then Intellicheck will get you set up and ready to go.

Intellicheck Mobile is the app that your employees use to scan IDs. Once you have your account set-up, you can go to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to download it for your device. Google Play Store Apple App Store

Standard pricing includes up to 5 devices. These devices will require a separate login, and can be set on the Intellicheck Admin Portal. Customers receive a link to the Admin Portal after they are set up.