Sale of alcohol: age verification- Jalk ID Scan

“Jalk ID-Scan” is the name of the new app with which catering and retail staff can check the age of young customers easily, quickly and securely. The free app can be downloaded immediately. Check this news and more on Switzerland based Luxury Lifestyle Magazine Kenleaks Magazine.

In Switzerland, spirits cannot be sold to young people under the age of 18; beer and wine cannot be sold to persons under the age of 16. Checking the age of customers is a recurring problem for restaurant and retail staff as they often have to verify their age in a hectic environment. This can lead to the repeated sale of alcohol to young people who have not reached the minimum age required by law. This is despite the fact that the sales staff have verified the age of the buyers.

Annual alcohol purchases tested in restaurants, bars, retail outlets and at festivals also show that violations are repeatedly committed when selling alcohol.

The Blue Cross has launched the development of an application in cooperation with the Federal Customs Administration. With “Jalk ID-Scan”, as the app is called, sellers can quickly and reliably determine the age of their young customers on the basis of their identity documents.

Photo by: Jack ID Scan photo courtesy

A traffic light for more clarity

“Jalk ID-Scan” can be downloaded free of charge on any smartphone (Android or iPhone) and works as follows: The sales staff scans the identity document (identity card, passport, driver’s license or license stay). The application displays the result for a few seconds on the model of a traffic light. “Red”: No alcoholic drink may be sold to the customer (under 16); “Orange”: The customer is between 16 and 18 years old and can buy fermented drinks (beer, wine, cider), but not spirits; “Green”: The customer is over 18 years old and there are no restrictions. Thanks to the “Jalk ID-Scan” app, it is no longer necessary to make calculations during age checks, which facilitates the work of sales staff.

Data protection guaranteed

As no photos are taken and no data is stored while scanning the ID card, the app also complies with data protection requirements. The saved age information is immediately deleted. The test result is only visible on the device once, for a few seconds. An important advantage of the application is that it also works in flight mode, without connection to a network.

“Jalk ID-Scan” is now available free of charge to all interested parties and can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play.

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