GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Clubs in Uptown Greenville are now scanning driver’s licenses in hopes of possibly cutting down on underage drinking.
The licenses are scanned on a mobile tablet which gets registered into an electronic list of members and guests at the club.
“I think it’s a great idea especially for getting people in and not having people standing outside causing problems,” said Chief Randy Andews of the Pitt County Alcoholic Beverage Control Law Enforcement division. “It just works a little bit easier.”
Chief Andrews said the effort is just one part of the state’s effort to combat underage drinking.
East Carolina University graduate student Stacy Freeman likes the idea of scanners.
“It not only helps underage drinkers from getting into trouble with the law but it also helps the bars from getting in trouble with the law for serving underage drinkers,” Freeman said.
However, the scanners actually can’t tell whether a driver’s license is real or fake as it just records the basic information scanned off the bar code.
“We need training [for bouncers],” Chief Andrews said. “The training needs to get out there.”
Characteristics of a fake license include if it says “authentic” or “genuine” or the holograms have a flag or a world globe.
9 On Your Side reached out to club owners including Club Stilllife and Club 519.
Stilllife owners were unavailable while 519’s owner declined to comment.