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Heading to the liquor store? New policy requires valid ID

Customers line up outside of the Utah State Liquor and Wine store in Sandy on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.
Customers line up outside of the Utah State Liquor and Wine store in Sandy on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Beginning Monday, the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control will require everyone making a purchase in a liquor and wine store to present a valid ID.

Valid IDs are a state-issued identification card, a valid state-issued driver’s license, a military identification card, or a valid passport.

The ID will be verified by the clerk with a scan of the barcode on the back side of the card or a visual inspection of date of birth and photo. The date of birth may be manually entered into the cash register to verify age.

According to the department, information scanned will only include the date of birth and validity of the ID. No personal information, such as name, address or purchase will be captured or stored. Scanned information will not be kept.

Department officials said the 100% ID policy is being adopted to prevent underage purchase of alcohol and to bring a uniform consistency to who is asked to show an ID. The policy is being adopted after a multimonth test run at four DABC stores and after receiving customer feedback during that time.