N.H. Liquor Commission: Washington, D.C. Licenses Are Valid ID

Jul 15, 2014

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The New Hampshire Liquor Commission has clarified a state law, saying that driver’s licenses from Washington, D.C. should be acceptable identification when purchasing alcohol.

The guidance is in response to an incident in Concord earlier this month where a legal-age customer with a Washington, D.C. license was denied alcohol.

State law reads that the only acceptable forms of ID are a driver’s license or other photo identification issued by New Hampshire, another state, or a province of Canada.

Armed service ID cards and passports can also be used.

In a statement, the liquor commission’s Director of Enforcement and Licensing James Wilson says while the law doesn’t specifically include Washington, D.C., it’s understood IDs from there are valid and should be accepted.

Liquor Commission Chairman Joseph Mollica says thousands of New Hampshire licensees will be notified of the guidance via email by the close of business Tuesday.