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Q: Is it illegal for the doorman to ask to hold your ID while you go get cash to pay the entry fee to the bar?

My friend works at a bank and says it’s illegal for anybody to ask for your ID and hold it.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: It is generally not illegal for a doorman at a bar to ask to hold your ID while you go get cash to pay the entry fee. However, this practice may not be allowed by the policies of the bar or club, or may be considered improper by some individuals.

While your friend who works at a bank may be familiar with laws and regulations related to the handling of personal identification documents, it's important to note that different rules may apply in different situations. In general, it's a good idea to exercise caution when giving your ID to someone you don't know or trust, and to be aware of your legal rights and obligations in these situations.

If you have concerns about the handling of your ID by a doorman or other individual, you may want to speak with a qualified attorney who can advise you on your legal rights and options. They can also help you understand any applicable laws or regulations that may apply to your situation.

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