New Photo ID Requirements Coming to Purchase Alcohol

A Manitoba Liquor Mart is shown in this file photo. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

New photo identification requirements meant to deter minors from purchasing alcohol or entering 18+ establishments will go into effect January 1, 2012.

Amendments to Manitoba’s Liquor Control Act under the province’s New Hospitality Strategy will require young adults to show a driver’s licence, enhanced driver’s licence, identification card, enhanced identification card, or two government-issued pieces of identification, one of which must be a photo ID.

“This initiative is part of the government’s effort to prevent minors from accessing alcohol and although it may seem confusing,  it really speaks to both age groups,” MLCC spokesperson Diana Soroka said in an e-mail.

“In Manitoba, anyone who appears to be under the age of 25, will get asked for photo ID when purchasing alcohol at a retail store or within a licensed premise or trying to enter an age-restricted premises.”

The changes also make it illegal for an adult to lend their ID to a minor to gain access to alcohol or age-restricted premises.

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