Ottawa Considers ID Modifications For Minors

“A red stripe and the date that person reaches the age of majority, would…eliminate virtually 99% of the honest errors that we encounter now in our stores,” said Quickie Convenience Stores spokesperson.

The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA), along with a coalition of Ontario health units, is asking the province to modify driver’s licenses, a move that would make identifying minors easier, the Ottawa Sun reported.

Chris Wilcox, vice-president of Ottawa-based Quickie Convenience Stores noted that convenience stores were once able to quickly read a customer’s information by swiping the magnetic strip on an Ontario driver’s license, but new licenses don’t allow that, and the birth date under a person’s photo is smaller and harder to read.

“The challenge was to have our clerks, when they look at a person’s ID quickly, to determine what their age is and make sure that they’re of legal age to buy the product,” Wilcox told the Ottawa Sun.

Wilcox is hoping for an easy-to-read solution, such as a red stripe next to the license photo indicating that a person is underage, as well as the date that they become of legal age.

“Having both of those pieces on there, a red stripe and the date that person reaches the age of majority, would…eliminate virtually 99% of the honest errors that we encounter now in our stores,” he said.

When a person turns 19, they would get an updated licence without the underage indicators.

 

 

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