No drinks with a Massachusetts ID?

You can travel on a plane with a Massachusetts ID, but you can’t buy a drink in Boston? WTF!

Can't drink on a Massachusetts ID To enter allot of bars in Boston/Massachusetts you need to obtain a Massachusetts Liquor ID . An ID, for people who can’t drive, with sole purpose to drink. Out of state licenses should be allowed, but I can kind of understand this, as it’s hard for them to keep track and verify the validity of such IDs. Doesn’t seem to bother the TSA or everywhere else?

Anyway… that’s dumb, but that’s not where I get upset. Why can’t you use a Massachusetts ID . All these IDs look the fucking same… They are all made by the RMV . You would think people would rather someone drinking with Massachusetts ID versus a Driver’s License… **… they are not going to drive drunk!

“These two ID cards are official forms of identity, signature, and age that are accepted in the Commonwealth”

Apparently there is some state law (c.138, §34B ) that somehow protects bars for serving underage liquor to someone who used a liquor ID as a form of identification.

Thinking aloud, I figure that the requirements for a Massachusetts ID must be much less than a Massachusetts Liquor ID… So from the site I looked.

Massachusetts ID Requirements

  • You must be at least 16 years of age.
  • You may not hold a valid license in any state.
  • You must be a resident of Massachusetts.
  • There is a $25.00 fee for a Massachusetts ID
  • You must have a valid social security number or an acceptable denial letter
  • Document proving date of birth
  • Document proving signature
  • Document proving Massachusetts residency
  • A Social Security Number (SSN) that the RMV can verify with the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) as having been issued to you OR an acceptable Denial Notice from the SSA. If you present a Denial Notice, you must also present proof of acceptable visa status, an I-94 (Record of Arrival and Departure), and a current non-U.S. Passport.
  • All documents must be originals. Photocopies will not be accepted. You must also clear a check through the National Driver Register and pay the required fees.

Massachusetts Liquor ID Requirements

  • You must be at least 21 years of age.
  • You may NOT hold a valid Massachusetts license.
  • You must present a Social Security Number (SSN) that the RMV can verify with the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) as having been issued to you OR an acceptable Denial Notice from the SSA. If you present a Denial Notice, you must also present proof of acceptable visa status, an I-94 (Record of Arrival and Departure), and a current non-U.S. Passport. Fees
  • There is a $25.00 fee for a Massachusetts Liquor ID.
  • A Social Security Number (SSN) that the RMV can verify with the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) as having been issued to you OR an acceptable Denial Notice from the SSA. If you present a Denial Notice, you must also present proof of acceptable visa status, an I-94 (Record of Arrival and Departure), and a current non-U.S. Passport.
  • One (1) document from the Registry’s list of Acceptable Identification Documents list proving date of birth.
  • One (1) document from the Registry’s list of Acceptable Identification Documents list proving your signature.

Analysis

They are the fucking same! The only difference is that the Massachusetts ID you can get from when you are 16. 16yo can’t legally drink… So what you are telling me is the doofus bouncers/bars can’t look for a birth date on a ID card. Seems that can find it on a license… I mean I know they are always not the smartest people in the world… but even I have faith in them carrying out such a task.

Conclusion

Fine its a dumb fucking rule. Live with it? But, to get a Liquor ID, you need to provide proof of signature, and birth, and guess what, you can use your Massachusetts ID! WTF!!

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Daniel Bulli

I am a yardie (means Jamaican), and develop web type things. Excels at strategy and vision, with a keen sense of design and user interface. An avid photographer, and a frustrated golfer.

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