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Posted on: May 3, 2022

[ARCHIVED] BBPH and Bismarck PD Partner on a Fake ID Scanner Pilot Project to Reduce Underage Drinking

Fake ID ScannerBismarck-Burleigh Public Health (BBPH) and Bismarck Police Department (BPD) are partnering with area bars and local colleges to prevent underage drinking by using Fake ID Scanners (IDentiFake Scanner). The pilot project began in August of 2021, and has resulted in 107 fake IDs confiscated to date. 


“Fake IDs pose serious problems to the people and companies that sell and serve alcohol, and our community as a whole," said Susan Kahler, BBPH SAP Coordinator.  “Fake IDs are easy to buy and create. Consequently, it is harder to control access to alcohol because the challenges of identification and age confirmation have become increasingly difficult. This why the pilot project is so valuable.” 


Once a Liquor License Establishment such as restaurant, bar or convenience stores, agrees to use the Fake ID Scanner the establishment will receive training on the device from BPD Officer Caity Horne. The business will turn in any collected fake IDs to BPD. The Fake ID Scanners are provided free to area businesses to use. 


“The goal of checking IDs for the sale and service of alcohol, is to confirm the individuals’ age to prevent underage access to alcohol and to stop the legal, financial and social consequences resulting from underage drinking,” said Horne. “This is a huge task given the increasing numbers of fake IDs on the market and the ease with which they can be obtained. Quality fake IDs are very similar to real IDs and it’s hard for those who check ID’s to tell the difference if they lack proper training.” 


In addition to providing the scanners, BPD offers Responsible Beverage Training to area bars at no cost. Contact Officer Clint Fuller at 223-1212 to schedule a training. 


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