If you've recently attained a liquor license for your establishment, you need to be vigilant to avoid losing it. It's easy to lose a liquor license for breaking any number of rules, and doing so can dramatically cut into your financial bottom line. One way that you can lose your liquor license is by serving alcohol to minors. Even if you aren't doing so intentionally, you need to realize that many minors will actively attempt to deceive your staff in order to get served alcohol. Here are some critical steps for you to take to lessen this risk.
Have An "On This Date" Sign
It would seem easy to identify if someone is underage by looking at his or her identification and performing a quick calculation, but the reality is that not everyone who works for you may be a math whiz. The odds of someone attempting to determine a patron's age, making a calculating mistake, and serving him or her despite being underage is high.
You can lessen this probability by setting up an "On This Date" sign in your establishment. This sign should have the cutoff year and date that denotes people as underage. Generally, such signs will have movable numbers for the date, and your manager can change it daily.
Improve The Lighting
Many establishments at which alcohol is served are dark to some degree, which may add a pleasant ambiance but can make it difficult for staff members to effectively read patrons' identification. Think about improving the lighting so that when a bartender or server asks a patron for his or her ID, it's possible to read it clearly. You may not want to boost the overall lighting in the venue, so make sure that there are some lights around the bars — perhaps even under the upper edge — that your staff can use to view IDs clearly.
Train Your Staff More
Training for your staff should include tips on how they can effectively spot fake IDs. Many people buy fake identification online, and many of these cards appear to be authentic. However, many also have a handful of telltale signs that indicate their lack of authenticity. Your local police department may be able to help with this type of training. Generally, having your staff members look at an ID for just a few seconds longer, rather than being in a rush to return it, can reveal whether it's a good one or a bad one.
For more information, contact a company like Liquor Authority License Consulting.