Senator Franzen seeks to amend current ID law to include U.S. territories

SAINT PAUL, Minnesota – Senator Melisa Franzen, DFL-Edina, proposes legislation to clarify current law that pertains to identification and the purchase of alcohol to include U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The current law states “a valid driver’s license or identification card issued by Minnesota, another state, or a province of Canada” and does not explicitly include U.S. territories from the list of valid identification.

“This bill will eliminate any confusion that U.S. territories like Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia are included in the list of valid government identification,” said Sen. Franzen. “Business owners will no longer be concerned with accepting valid government ID from other U.S. territories because we have made the law clear.”

This proposed legislation comes after Senator Franzen was contacted by a brewery owner in her district over having concerns about their ability to accept IDs from U.S. territories for consuming alcohol under current state law. Minnesota is not the only state with a lack of clarity in the law, as this issue recently came up in Indiana when a Purdue student was unable to purchase over-the-counter cold medicine at a CVS Pharmacy after a pharmacist would not accept his Puerto Rico ID.

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Melisa Franzen represents District 49 in the southwest Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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