Before selling electronic cigarettes and/or their component parts, the person selling must confirm that the person who wants to buy the product 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 electronic cigarettes and/or their component parts are sold to anyone under age 19, the employee and/or the store owner or corporation can be charged.
Acceptable Identification (I.D.):
- Driver’s licence issued by the Province of Ontario.
- Canadian passport.
- Canadian citizenship card.
- Canadian Armed Forces identification card.
- Photo card issued by the LCBO
- An item of identification may also be acceptable if it includes a photograph of the person, states his or her date of birth, and reasonably appears to have been issued by a government.
Three Easy Steps for Checking I.D.
- Check the I.D. card. Do not sell electronic cigarettes or their component parts if it is not one of the acceptable forms of I.D.
- Check the year, month and day of birth. Do not sell electronic cigarettes or their component parts if the person is less than 19 years old.
- Check the photo. Do not sell electronic cigarettes or their component parts if the person and photo do not match.
Do not sell electronic cigarettes or their component parts if I.D. 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 I.D. under the ECA.
The person’s photo and date of birth are found on page 2 of the passport.
The date of birth is found half-way down 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 electronic cigarettes and their components:
- If you suspect the customer is under the age of 19.
- If the customer 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.