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10/4/19  3:34 pm
Commenter: Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Proposed Amendments to 3VAC5-50-20

To Whom it May Concern,

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) supports the proposed amendment to 3VAC5-50-20 of the Regulations of the Virginia ABC Authority to authorize the use of approved biometric identity verification devices to validate age for alcohol sales.

MADD is committed to ensuring that any consumption of alcoholic beverages is safe and responsible, including ensuring that alcohol is not sold to anyone under the age of twenty-one (21). One of the biggest challenges, however, in preventing underage sales is the potential for human error in asking for and examining identification. The use of safe and secure automated processes, such as the biometric age verification processes offered by CLEAR, can help reduce such risks of error.

We support the passage of the regulatory amendment to better allow for safe, secure and more reliable methods to verify age for alcohol sales and ensure that alcohol is not sold to minors.

We urge you to adopt the proposed rule changes.

Thank you and best wishes,

J.T. Griffin

Chief Government Affairs Officer, MADD


CommentID: 76526

10/8/19  3:01 pm
Commenter: Kurt Gregory Erickson, Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP)

Petition to Amend 3VAC5-50-20 of the Regulations of the Virginia ABC Authority

On behalf of the Virginia-based Washington Regional Alcohol Program or WRAP (a 37-year-old nonprofit organization fighting drunk driving and underage drinking and three-time winner of Virginia’s prestigious Governor’s Transportation Safety Award), I’m writing to you to support Mr. Tom Stein’s (Deputy General Counsel for CLEAR) petition to amend 3VAC5-50-20 of the Regulations of the Virginia ABC Authority.

This proposed amendment to Virginia ABC’s regulations to “recognize that licensed retailers of alcoholic beverages may utilize biometric identification, and specifically the patented processes of CLEAR, to make a determination of the legal age of a purchaser of alcoholic beverages” seeks to proactively deploy much-needed technology to ensure that only individuals of legal age are able to purchase alcoholic beverages in the Commonwealth.

As a means of integrating biometric identification technology to deter underage drinking in Virginia and its consequences, the nonprofit WRAP supports this proposed amendment to 3VAC5-50-20 of the Regulations of the Virginia ABC Authority


Kurt Gregory Erickson

President & CEO

Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP)

7700 Leesburg Pike, Suite 249

Falls Church, Virginia 22043


CommentID: 76534