Military ID Proof Enough?

California may accept military identification as proof of legal drinking age under legislation proposed after a group of Marines were denied service because they weren't carrying other documents showing they were at least 21.

State Assemblymen Kevin Jeffries, R-Lake Elsinore, and Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego, have introduced a bill that would clarify state liquor laws to make military identification sufficient to buy alcohol, according to the North County Times.

The legislation comes after a group of Camp Pendleton Marines attending a banquet in Temecula were refused service when none was able to produce any identification other than their military card.

The cards include the holder's picture and date of birth. What the cards don't have printed are height, weight and other physical characteristics, which are encoded in a magnetic strip for security purposes. Because that information isn't visible, the cards are not officially recognized by the state as proof the person is old enough to purchase alcohol.

Read more about why the bill was introduced in the article in the North County Times.

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