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By Megan Weyrauch on August 5, 2013

Under 21? Maybe you, like many college students, decided to invest in a fake ID to get you through your first years of college. Hey, I’m not here to judge you. Underage drinkers run rampant in colleges across the nation. More and more often I hear stories of people who know someone with a fake ID. However, while these fakes sometimes allow the below 21-er’s to slip under the knowing eyes of bouncers, a new app might soon stop this practice.

According to an article from The Huffington Post, a new app called barZapp scans the bar code on a driver’s license to confirm encoded information, verifying the authenticity of government-issued driver licenses and military IDs. The app displays the card owner’s name, date of birth, ID expiration and ID number, as well as visitor history.

Intellicheck Mobilisa CEO Nelson Ludlow created the barZapp app, which can be purchased for about $1.99 on the iTunes app store. However, in order to scan more than 10 licenses per day a subscription is required, so restaurant and bar owners must set up an annual or monthly subscription with barZapp if they wish to use this service.

According to information about barZapp on the Intellicheck site, the app “can be used to reduce the chance of receiving fines and penalties to merchants who unknowingly sell age-restricted products to underage purchasers.” Because the app “keeps track of who was scanned and when,” barZapp gives merchants proof that they checked everyone’s IDs.

Think you’re still in the clear? Another telling feature of barZapp is that it contains images of what genuine IDs from various states and countries should look like. This means you will probably look suspicious if your ID does not remotely look like it is from the state you claimed it came from.

And pay attention, legal drinkers: if you were banned from a bar, it is possible barZapp will keep you out because it can store your ID history.

Obviously this introductory version of barZapp is not perfect, and will not catch every single fake ID. However, it can scan IDs from all 50 states and the Canadian provinces, according to Ludlow, making it stand out from other apps that are supposed to perform the same function.

What do you think? Will barZapp put an end to the troops of underage bar hoppers? Or will these fake ID carriers continue to slip through the cracks?

Hello! I am currently serving as the Director of News/Managing Editor for Uloop News. I recruit writers, edit many articles, manage interns, and lead our National Team. When I'm not writing or editing, I love to take part in community theater, read, and enjoy the outdoors with my husband Kevin. I have a Bachelor's degree in English and Professional Writing from Ohio State University and an M.Ed. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Wright State University. If you ever have questions or just want to chat, email me at megan@uloop.com.
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