Section 105-063; Ord. 17985; Amending Chapter 16 of the City Code as it relates to false identification


Ordinance No.         17985                            Council Bill No.           B 36-04          


AN ORDINANCE

amending Chapter 16 of the City Code as it relates to false identification; and fixing the time when this ordinance shall become effective.

    WHEREAS, underage drinking of alcoholic beverages is a serious problem in the city; and

    WHEREAS, a substantial number of minors obtain alcoholic beverages by using false identification; and

    WHEREAS, many false identifications are of high quality and difficult for businesses selling liquor to detect; and

    WHEREAS, selling alcoholic beverages to minors is a violation of law that jeopardizes the liquor license of the offending business; and

    WHEREAS, minors who use false identifications to obtain alcoholic beverages are supporting unlawful counterfeiting activities and can cause substantial harm to themselves, the sellers of the alcoholic beverages and others; and

    WHEREAS, there is no legitimate reason for a minor to possess a false identification; and

    WHEREAS, the City Council believes that possession of a false identification card by a minor is a serious offense that warrants significant sanctions.

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, AS FOLLOWS:

    SECTION 1.  Chapter 16 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, Missouri, is hereby amended as follows:

    Material to be deleted in strikeout; material to be added underlined.

Sec. 16-225. False identification.

    Any person who possesses : a reproduced, modified or altered motor vehicle driver's license, non-driver's license issued by any uniformed service of the United States, or identification card issued by the Department of Revenue, or any other such identification card which indicates that the person represented on the card is over twenty-one (21) years of age,

(a)    A reproduced, modified or altered motor vehicle driver’s license from any state, jurisdiction or licensing authority;

(b)    A reproduced, modified, or altered, non-driver’s identification card or any other modified or altered identification card originally issued by any governmental or educational institution or authority;

(c)    Any identification document of another person which indicates that person is 21 years of age or older when the possessor is under 21 years of age; or

(d)    Any identification card or document which appears on its face to be issued by a legitimate governmental or educational issuing authority which indicates the possessor is 21 years of age or older when the possessor is under 21 years of age;

is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

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    SECTION 2.  This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage.

    PASSED this 2nd day of February, 2004.