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How to check IDs

The Panhandle Prevention Coalition together with local law enforcement offer the following suggestions to help train your staff identify the following false identification situations.

FAKE IDs
  • Check the size, thickness and color of the ID for anything unusual.
  • Check the placement, size and typeface of the letters and numbers, nothing on the ID should be blurry.
  • Look closely at the state seal of the ID to make sure it is correct and exact.

ALTERED IDs
  • Check for numbers that have been scratched or bleached out and inked over, or cut out and reinserted.
  • Look for rough spots around the edges and over the photo where laminate may have been altered.
BORROWED IDs
  • Compare the photo with the person presenting the ID.
  • Ask the presenter to sign his or her name on a sheet of paper and compare the signature to the one on the ID.
  • Ask the presenter to verify personal data on the ID.
  • Request alternate pieces of identification.
Source: Oakland County, MI Health Division, Office of Substance Abuse Services.
Frequently asked questions
Tips for training your employees

Tactics to eliminate underage alcohol sales

Nebraska liquor laws pertaining to alcohol merchants

How to check IDs

Responsible alcohol merchant awards (RAMA)

RAMA nomination form

Upcoming Responsible Beverage Server Training (RBST) classes


Alcohol Resource Merchant Guide


Is supported in whole or part, by federal or state funds received from Region 1 Behavioral Health Authority, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Behavioral Health and Tobacco Free Nebraska Program as a result of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).


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