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Military Identification Cards


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Effective 7/1/2020, the age to purchase tobacco products on Military bases raised from 18 to 21.

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense published policy making it unlawful for any retail outlet on DOD installations and facilities within the U.S. and its territories and possessions, and on U.S. naval vessels at a U.S. port, to sell tobacco products, including electronic nicotine delivery systems, to any person younger than 21 years of age. Retail outlets are required to post signs no later than July 1 informing patrons of this policy change.

“Research has shown that raising the legal age of sale to 21 would likely reduce youth tobacco initiation and use,” said Corey Fitzgerald, Army Public Health Center public health social worker. “Nearly all smokers start as children or young adults and these groups are heavily targeted by the tobacco industry. Early onset of tobacco use increases risks of smoking-related illnesses and death.”

Question: Do you scan military IDs?

Answer: The US Government prohibits using Military ID for non-Government uses as ID for an age restricted purchase.

The scanning of the technologies (to include barcodes) on Department of Defense ID cards is for U.S. government use only. The information is marked for official use only.

Not only is it unwise to photocopy military and government IDs or common access cards (CAC), it's actually illegal under Title 18, U.S. Code Part I, Chapter 33, Section 701, and is punishable by fine and imprisonment.

While other companies may claim to offer this feature, Minor Decliner is not going to run afoul of the Department of Defense and the US Government. Be very careful if someone says they can scan Military IDs. You may be exposing yourself and your company to big problems.


We can get ID data via four methods in the near future.

  • Scan and any US or Canada State issued ID
  • Manual entry of a ID, in cases where the ID barcode is damaged
  • Coming Soon — Passport and passport card reading
  • Coming Soon — Direct read of digital identity tokens