Before purchasing tobacco products, the customer must prove that he/she is at least 19 years old.
- Ask for I.D. from everyone who looks under 25
- Familiarize yourself with the acceptable I.D.
- Follow the three easy steps for checking I.D.
- Recognize fake I.D.
- If in doubt – do not sell
If tobacco products are sold to anyone under age 19, the employee and/or the store owner or corporation can be charged.
Note: an automatic prohibition shall be issued if any person has been convicted of two or more tobacco sales offences committed at the same place of business within a five-year period.
Acceptable Identification (I.D.):
- Driver’s licence issued by the Province of Ontario.
- Canadian passport.
- Canadian Citizenship card.
- Canadian armed forces card.
- Photo card issued by the L.C.B.O.
- “In addition, I.D. that includes a photograph of the person, date of birth, and appears to have been issued by a government is acceptable.” O.Reg. 48/06 Section 3(1))
Three Easy Steps for Checking I.D.
- Check the I.D. card. Do not sell tobacco products if it is not one of the acceptable forms of I.D.
- Check the year, month and day of birth. Do not sell tobacco products if the person is under 19 years old.
- Check the photo. Do not sell tobacco products if the person and photo do not match.
Do not sell tobacco products if ID cannot be produced.
Tips for reading an Ontario Driver’s License
Ontario Driver’s License – person 19 years of age or under
Tips for reading the Ontario Photo Identification Card
An Ontario Photo Identification card is issued by the government, only to Ontario residents that do not have a driver’s license, who are over the age of 16 years old.
The age identifier shows when the holder of a card will turn 19 years old. It appears at the bottom of the card next to the date of birth as: AGE 19/AND YYYY/MM/DD.
Tips for reading a Canadian Passport:
The Canadian Passport can be accepted as ID under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.
The person’s photo and date of birth are found on page 2. See diagram above.
The date of birth is found half-way on the photo page, after the person’s name and Nationality.
Tips for reading an Ontario Health Card:
You may accept, but not ask for an Ontario Health card with a photo as I.D.
Refuse to sell products that contain tobacco:
- If you suspect the customer is under the age of 19.
- Refuses to provide acceptable identification when they appear to be under 25 years of age.
- If the identification provided is not acceptable.
Employees and employers must request Identification from anyone who appears to be under the age of 25.