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Unlike Visa, military ID is not accepted everywhere I want to be. Case in point, in California I want to be in a bar and apparently California doesn’t recognize military ID as a valid proof of ones’ age to be served alcohol. This is a bit odd to me being that not only does military ID include a picture of you and your birthday, it also includes your social security number, a crazy blacked out picture of your face on the back, various scanable barcodes, Matrix Reloaded type holograms, oh and did I mention the computer chip in it? Big Brother’s watching!

However, one man, California State Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries (Republican) is working to change this. He has proposed legislation in California that will make military ID an accepted form of proving one is above the state’s legal drinking age of 21. The legislation stemmed from an incident in which several U.S. Marines were denied being served alcohol at a military ball when all they had was their military issued ID cards.

Personally, I’ve only had one issue with my military ID and that was at the Imperial Palace in Vegas. Apparently it wasn’t good enough and I wasn’t able to obtain a Player’s Card. Damn… But the numerous times I’ve been to California, Washington, Vegas, and all up and down the eastern seaboard, I haven’t had an issue using my military ID, which I tend to use more often than not.

As I said before, military ID is not accepted everywhere I want to be, but trust me when I say that it will get you everywhere that you DON’T want to be!


  1. Chuck P. | Monday, January 12, 2009

    How embarrassing for California and Nevada, they must feel like total idiots for denying a military ID. Do they feel that the system that they have in place is better than that of the military, please last time I checked LA was crawling with unlicensed drivers and uninsured motorists.

  2. Alan Kropf | Monday, January 12, 2009

    Haha, great post. Your military id has more technology in it than a cell phone.

  3. Alan Kropf | Monday, January 12, 2009

    I remember that in Vegas. It was sweet, we just rolled over to Caesar’s Palace, which is part of the ownership group that owns Imperial Palace, and got a card over there no problem. That pit boss was a Communist…

  4. jbinthesun | Monday, January 12, 2009

    System? What system? Of course that’s your point but this example of blatant discrimination should not be tolerated.

  5. Julie | Monday, January 12, 2009

    It would seem that the military ID would be the best proof anyone could have to show who they are. Of course the US DMV is much more respected around the world than the US ARMY, US MARINES and US AIR FORCE. After all, they do make it possible for every 16 year old child to jump right into the drivers seat and risk everyones lives. All the US MILITARY does is protect us, serve us and keep the terrorists at bay.

  6. Sherri | Saturday, January 17, 2009

    Hmmm….the training I’ve received in CA states that military ID is an acceptable form. Gelson’s grocery store also lists it as an acceptable form of ID at their registers. It is possible, however, for your ID to be declined if there is any question of its authenticity or that you are the person represented in the photo. The legislation introduced confuses me in this case. Was questioning of authenticity the case in the issue above? Maybe the person carding the Marines (or you) was just unfamiliar with what military ID looks like and decided to err on the side of covering their ass.

  7. Jeff | Saturday, January 17, 2009


    Interesting point and thanks for the insight.

    I’ve been with Brian before when his ID was denied. I guess the people we were dealing with were just douchebags. Com’n… support your freaking military!

  8. Brian | Sunday, January 18, 2009

    The incident in question was actually at a Marine military ball … everybody (minus spouses/dates) were in the military and the people serving them would have seen a ton of them. They said they couldn’t accept it per CA state law.

    So who knows. I use mine all the time being that it’s most accessible being that I have to have it scanned every time i come on/off the base, which is a million times a day.

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