Driver License Scanners Help Retailers ID Customers
During the 2001 legislative session,
HB 3016 by Representative
Haggerty passed, allowing retail establishments to use electronic
equipment to determine the authenticity of personal identification
when selling alcohol.
September 1, 2001, retailers may legally swipe a driver's license to
verify the age of the person attempting to purchase alcohol.*
Verifying age on ID is a significant problem. The fast pace of
checkout puts clerks under pressure to make quick decisions, and
altered identification is hard to detect with the naked eye.
verification machines take much of the guess work out of selling
alcohol. Just by swiping an ID through the hand-held machine, the
age of the purchaser and validity of the identification is
Complete article at http://www.texassafetynetwork.org/news/papers/cardswipe.htm
information gathered when the ID is swiped may not be retained
longer than required under the commission rules nor can it be sold
or marketed in any manner.