My dad approached Walgreens to purchase cigarettes, he was asked to provide his driver's license to make the purchase. My dad asked why such requirement, and cashier told him it was the law. My dad actually went forward and made the purchase.
The state law is that it is illegal to " sell, deliver, barter, furnish, or give, directly or indirectly," cigarettes to any person who is under 18 years of age. This prohibition applies to all forms of tobacco and e-cigs that contain nicotine. The person selling it can go to jail for up to a year and the business that sold it can lose its license to sell tobacco products.
The sales clerk and the store can beat the charge if a prudent person looking at the buyer's appearance would believe the buyer is 18 years of age or older. In order to take advantage of this defense, the sales clerk must have "carefully checked a driver license or an identification card issued by this state or another state of the United States, a passport, or a United States Armed Services identification card presented by the buyer." The way that many stores insure that their clerks check people who might appear young is to insist that their clerks check everyone buying cigarettes. If the clerk can testify, "I know I checked his ID because I have to check everybody's ID," then the clerk stays out of jail and the store keeps its license. Recording the driver's license number is just one more way to prove that the clerk actually checked the ID.
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