LAS VEGAS (PRWEB) January 04, 2023
If you’re purchasing tobacco in Nevada, 2023 will bring new validation challenges. As of January 1, 2023, Nevada retailers will be required to digitally scan IDs for tobacco and vape purchases, in compliance with new law, Nevada AB 360. This law extends to liquor stores, vape shops, grocery stores, bars, casinos, and any establishment selling tobacco or e-cigarettes.
AB 360 was signed by the governor in May 2021. This bill prohibits a person from selling, distributing, or offering to sell cigarettes, cigarette paper or other tobacco products to a person under 40 years of age without first conducting age verification through enhanced controls that utilize a scanning technology, or other automated, software-based system, to verify that the person is at least 18 years of age and imposes a civil penalty of $100 on a person who fails to do so.
This law mimics language present in Nevada’s cannabis sales regulations, where digital ID scanning is also required.
14.2% of Nevada adults smoke. Additionally, Nevada maintains some of the most lenient indoor smoking laws in the country, still allowing for tobacco consumption in casinos, strip clubs, and standalone bars.
IDScan.net is offering industry-leading technology, combining the Panasonic TOUGHBOOK® N1 with best-in-class age verification software. In addition to basic scanning, and age checking, IDScan.net software performs 2D barcode security, which includes more than 75 AI-powered checks on the barcode on the back of each ID. These additional security checks help detect fake IDs and provide an additional line of defense against tobacco sales to minors.
The solution, powered by the TOUGHBOOK N1, comes with pre-installed software. This allows retailers to start scanning IDs and remain compliant from the day their scanner arrives. The TOUGHBOOK® N1 offers far greater durability than other handheld scanners, as well as laser auto-focus which speeds up the scanning process.
AB 360 also extends to eCommerce sales, with online tobacco sales in the state requiring ID upload and verification. To accommodate this requirement, IDScan.net additionally offers digital identity verification solutions for eCommerce applications.