ID scanning in licensed premises

Licensees in safe night precincts (SNPs) who have approval to trade past midnight on a permanent basis must operate networked identification (ID) scanners at each entry point to their premises (unless they're exempt from requiring ID scanners).

If your licensed premises is exempt from installing and operating networked ID scanners, you can still choose to opt in to the scheme.

A networked ID scanner's purpose is to cross-check a person's details against a database of banned patrons. It's not meant to be used as a primary ID verification method. While ID scanners may be able to validate some ID as genuine, you should always verify a person's ID before using the ID scanner. The ID scanner's main function is to check the patron's ID against the banned list.

In this guide you'll learn about your ID scanning obligations, including:

  • which liquor licensees are exempt
  • whose ID you need to scan and when
  • who is allowed to scan ID
  • forms of ID you can accept
  • your privacy obligations, including managing personal information and dealing with privacy complaints
  • managing banning orders and positive scans
  • what to do if the ID scanner malfunctions
  • setting up your networked ID scanner with an approved operator
  • managing re-entry passes.