Florida cracks down on human trafficking with new ID scanning policies.

Florida legislators have successfully passed House Bill 989 which should help put an end to human trafficking in Florida’s popular adult entertainment industries.  The bill calls for the immediate implementation of age verification systems in all Florida gentleman’s clubs, the prohibition of minors from working in adult theaters, and the enhancement of punitive laws against those who receive financial gain from the practice of human trafficking.

COAST or Club Owners Against Sex Trafficking has been working extensively with lawmakers and Homeland Security agents over the past few years,  and these new guidelines and policies are the result of collaboration.

If you’d like to read a more in depth summary of the bill, click the link below.

http://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/billsummaries/2014/html/630

REAL ID phase 3 to be implemented. Are you compliant?

In 2004, the 9/11 Commission report found that “For terrorists, travel documents are as important as weapons.”  In response to these findings the REAL ID Act was ratified in 2005 to make driver’s licenses more difficult to forge, in an attempt to secure our boarders.  Met with bipartisan support, the act was ratified quickly.

However, a small group of states including Oklahoma, Arizona, Maine, and Louisiana opposed the bill, considering it “unnecessary federal oversight” and a waste of funds.

Soon residents in non-compliant states will face further ramifications from the REAL ID act as phase 3 restrictions are about to take effect.  Starting in January 2015, cardholders from the aforementioned states will be required to provide secondary forms of photo ID at federal buildings such as courthouses and city council chambers.

Travelers with said IDs may need a second form of Identification to board commercial airlines starting in 2016, unless more secure IDs are created and deployed.

To read more about the REAL ID Act and whether or not it affects you, see the provided link below.

http://www.dhs.gov/real-id-enforcement-brief

Faster and easier driver’s license renewal options

In Iowa, the House Republicans voted unanimously on House File 355 to provide people with easier driver’s license renewal options.  This new law will allow people to renew their driver’s licenses online or electronically.  It also helps save applicants time by no longer requiring an applicant to pass a vision test or submit a vision report when renewing their license online.

To read more, please visit the Iowa House Republicans website: http://www.iowahouserepublicans.com/policy-spotlight-online-drivers-license-renewal

Driver's Test for Elderly

Driver’s License Renewal for Senior Citizens

The process for driver’s license renewal for senior citizens in California now involves a written test.   For those 70 and older, they must take a written exam.

Several senior citizens agree with the entire process.  For people 70 or older, many of the traffic laws keep changing, so it’s important to stay up to date with the rules of the road.  Additionally, many worry that symptoms of old age, such as memory loss, greatly inhibit senior citizen’s driving ability.

If a senior citizen fails on their first three tries, then they need to pay the renewal fee again.  Afterwards, they will receive three more attempts.

Several driving classes and courses are available to help senior citizens pass this exam.  To read more, please visit the KMIR News website: http://www.kmir.com/story/26431758/license-renewal-process-for-senior-drivers

Driver's Licenses for All

Driver’s Licenses for All Protest Lack of Resources

In Colorado, the Latino advocacy group Driver’s License for All protested the lack of resources dedicated to Colorado’s new driver’s license program for illegal immigrants.  Driver’s Licenses for All stated that in order for the governor to win their voting support, things need to change.

The new program, which went into effect on August 1st, has been criticized heavily.  Amongst the 56 licensing centers, only 5 are authorized to issue licenses through 155 daily appointment slots.  Here are the current facts regarding the program:

  • Appointments: 3,255
  • No-shows: 434
  • Driver’s Licenses Issued: 1,159
  • Driver’s Permits Issued: 260
  • ID Cards Issued: 236
  • Those Who Received no Documents: 1,166

Driver’s Licenses for All works with hundred of immigrants to help explain the new program and serves as a liaison to government leaders.  However, the group feels that the state is not doing enough for immigrant community.  It is estimated that about 150,000 immigrants live in Colorado and are seeking licenses.  With the current allocation of resources, there is not enough capacity to accommodate this group of illegal immigrants.

To read the full story, please visit the Denver Post: http://www.denverpost.com/election2014/ci_26459598/latinos-hickenlooper-fix-drivers-license-program-or-lose.

Texas DL

No More Waiting in Lines for Drivers Road Test

In Texas, teens are now getting their driver’s licenses even faster without having to wait in line.  The Texas Department of Public Safety is starting a new program where teens can take a driver’s license road test without having to going to the DMV.  Now, instructors can be certified by DPS and give the test themselves, which is estimated to take about 30 minutes.  This new program is designed to help save patrons more time and allow them toavoid having to schedule months in advance, wait in line, and finally take the road test.

To read more about Texas’ new system, please visit the Click2Houston website: http://www.click2houston.com/news/dps-no-more-waiting-in-line-for-drivers-license-road-test-at-dmv/27823258

Smokey Bones Suspension for a Liquor Violation

Smokey Bones’ Suspension for a Liquor Violation

A local Massachusetts restaurant called Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill will face a five-day suspension for a liquor violation they received after serving alcohol to minors.  This violation will be the second that they faced in the past two years.

Although the restaurant has an ID system that is issued to detect fake IDs, an employee failed to follow protocol which lead to the serving of alcohol to two minors.  These two patrons used fake IDs to purchase alcohol and another guest at the restaurant snapped a picture and sent it to police.

To the credit of Smokey Bones, they immediately fired the employee who failed to follow the proper ID checking procedure and will now have a security guard out front who will check everyone’s ID as soon as they arrive.

Don’t lose your liquor license.  Start using an ID scanner regularly to keep underage drinkers out.

Michigan New ID Card

County Explores New ID Card

In Michigan, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners received a proposal to introduce a county-issued ID card program.  This new county-issued ID card would allow residents who don’t have a driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID to still be able to access resources, including renting an apartment or opening a bank account.

The proposal for these new ID cards would be $20 or $25 each.  It is estimated that 1,000 cards would be issued in the first year through this program.  The revenues from these cards would offset the initial operating costs and create a new administrative job to lead the program.

Several programs such as this one already exist nationwide.  This however would be the first offered by a Michigan municipality.   Several of the commissioners reviewing the proposal already expressed a favor of this program stating that the state’s current ID system is often too stringent for residents.  Oftentimes, the people who don’t meet these driver’s license requirements are the ones that need it the most.

To read more about the full presentation, please visit the Ann Arbor Chronicle website.

IN Liquor Store

Indiana Excise Police Busy with Underage Drinkers

With the school year around the corner, the number of fake IDs and underage drinkers is expected to spike.  In Indiana, already over 71 people were arrested on alcohol-related chargers at Ball State University.  Charges included furnishing alcohol to minors, false statement of age, illegal possession of alcohol, resisting arrest, and more.

Several of these arrests were related to local campus events and reported by nearby liquor stores who spotted fake IDs.  Although fake IDs are becoming more and more difficult to spot, the use of an ID scanner has helped stop underage drinkers from purchasing alcohol.

Don’t risk losing your liquor license.  Learn tricks to spot fake IDs or invest in an ID scanner.  Visit our homepage to inquire about the different options we offer.

Avoid Alcohol Violations

Police Go Undercover to Bust Restaurant for Alcohol Violations

In Rockville, Maryland, police went undercover to bust a popular restaurant called Clyde’s Tower Oaks Lodge.  Police were initially attracted to the bar due to a number of complaints from local residents regarding underage drinking and drunk driving.  A follow-up investigation by the county’s Department of Liquor Control landed the restaurant in even more trouble.

Clyde’s was cited with several alcohol violations when police set up a traffic stop during Clyde’s  special two for one wine night.  The result – seven civil citations for fake IDs, five civil citations for possession of alcohol under 21, and several alcohol violations for people with alcohol content levels higher than .10 (.08 is the legal limit in Maryland).

These citations were not completely Clyde’s fault.  The IDs used by these underage drinkers were nearly impossible to detect – even the police acknowledged this.  Nonetheless, restaurants that serve alcohol are still responsible for keeping underage patrons out and the resulting violations may result in heavy fines and the loss of the restaurant’s alcohol permit.

Don’t let this be you.  Please visit our mobile solutions page to learn more about the different ID scanning software and hardware options that you can use to ensure your venue avoids large fines and losing its liquor license.