Aussie ID not good enough?
We have been coming to Vail with our family most years since 1984 and spend two to three weeks here each January.
Our 29-year-old son and his 29-year-old girlfriend joined us this year. They went to Cinebistro and ordered a glass of wine each. The barman asked for their ID. He would not accept their Australian driver’s licenses for ID and said they needed to see a passport. They were told that Canadian and Mexican driver’s licenses were accepted as ID but not an Australian license.
The Colorado Liquor Rules Regulation 47-912, headed “Identification,” reads: “A. Licensees may refuse to sell alcohol beverages to any person unable to produce adequate, currently valid identification of age. As long as it contains a picture and date of birth, the kind and type of identification deemed adequate shall be limited to the following: 1. An operator’s, chauffeur’s or similar type driver’s license issued by any state within United States, any U.S. territory, or any foreign country, including Canada and Mexico. 2 ….”
This is confirmed in the Colorado Department of Revenue Liquor Enforcement Division website. The provision states that a driver’s license from any foreign country is adequate and does not exclude Australian driver’s licenses as a proper form of ID. It appears that business have not carefully read and properly understood the regulations.
Apart from this misreading of the Regulation, we find insistence on a passport as ID baffling. There is always a risk of misplacing or losing a passport if you carry it around and replacement of a passport while you travel is very difficult and time consuming. If an American visits a bar in Sydney, their driving license would be accepted as adequate ID of age. Australians do not have these problems in Japan, Canada or Europe.
It seems to me that local businesses (and this has happened on a previous trip) discriminate against Australians. Those same businesses also lose revenue.