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I.D in California worth the risk?

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1. Posted by DaniAJ10 (Budding Member 37 posts) 7y


I'm going to be spending 6 weeks in California this summer and I will be 20.

Me and my friend both have friends who will be 21 by the time we travel, with very similar looks!

Possible to use there I.D whilst over there or not worth the risk?

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1997 posts) 7y

I don't foresee any risk, this is not Mother Russia - most they can do is tell you to get lost! I wouldn't use it at Immigration.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Feb-2009, at 07:31 by Daawgon ]

3. Posted by DaniAJ10 (Budding Member 37 posts) 7y

Oh no not for immigration, for alcohol purposes only!! :) It will be sooo difficult when in England we are aloud to drink from the age of 18, and then to spend 6 weeks without a drink! Specially after reading about the prospect of the California night life!!

4. Posted by gocebe (Inactive 48 posts) 7y

If you are a person of color, choose bars with white bouncers because they can never tell people of color apart! No matter if you are black, brown, asian...

5. Posted by gocebe (Inactive 48 posts) 7y

Also, these IDs you are talking about either need to be US driving license or a passport! At least this is the regulation in the East Coast. I don't really know how much they care about it on the West Coast.

6. Posted by Buffalo (Full Member 120 posts) 7y

My little cousin was 20 too and used a fake Irish driving licence when going to pubs/clubs, she had no problems at all!!

7. Posted by DaniAJ10 (Budding Member 37 posts) 7y

oh that's good to know Buffalo.

It would be a UK Driving Liscence that I would be using, and I'm not of colour, but blonde so maybe that will help :) If not play dumb haha.

8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

A friend and I went to Springfield, Mass., when we were about 24 or so, and neither of us had a driver's license--which means neither of us ever managed to get a dang drink anywhere. Didn't matter if I pulled out my school ID, medicare card, social insurance card, nothing. It was a valid driver's ID that they could compare to those listed in their little international book (and, I imagine, a passport) or no go on the booze.

Drank a lot of iced tea that trip.

9. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1992 posts) 7y

Probably shouldn't say this--but my own son has been going out with 21 year olds for the past two years and has never been carded at any bar or restaurant (this is at his college town in Indiana). Thankfully he will be 21 next month and then I can finally stop worrying about him getting busted for underage drinking (although then I can worry about drinking and driving, I suppose--although he doesn't have his car with him, since he leaves it here at home while attending school).

P.S. If this is a concern, just go to any college town anywhere in the US and find the local fraternity--they are always throwing free parties for the college crowd--and never check IDs on anyone. Just be responsible, and like I said--don't drink and drive--it is dangerous to you and to others.