Methamphetamine precursors; acceptable identification to purchase. (HB360)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Purchase of methamphetamine precursors; acceptable identification.  Provides that the documents allowed under the federal Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 to establish identity for the purpose of purchasing methamphetamine precursors are allowed for the same purpose in Virginia. Under current Virginia law a photo identification issued by a government or an educational institution must be presented to purchase.

For identification purposes federal law requires an identification card that provides a photograph and is issued by a state or the federal government or documents considered acceptable under the Code of Federal Regulations for employment verification. Those documents are as follows: a U.S. passport; an Alien Registration Receipt Card or Permanent Resident Card, a foreign passport that contains a temporary I-551 stamp, or temporary I-551 printed notation on a machine-readable immigrant visa; an Employment Authorization Document which contains a photograph; in the case of a nonimmigrant alien authorized to work for a specific employer incident to status, a foreign passport with a Form I-94 or Form I-94A bearing the same name as the passport and containing an endorsement of the alien's nonimmigrant status, as long as the period of endorsement has not yet expired and the proposed employment is not in conflict with any restrictions or limitations identified on the Form; a passport from the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) or the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) with Form I-94 or Form I-94A indicating nonimmigrant admission under the Compact of Free Association Between the United States and the FSM or RMI; or, in the case of an individual lawfully enlisted for military service in the Armed Forces under 10 U.S.C. 504, a military identification card issued to such individual may be accepted only by the Armed Forces.

The following documents are acceptable to establish identity for individuals 16 years of age or older: a driver's license or identification card containing a photograph issued by a state or an outlying possession of the United States (if the driver's license or identification card does not contain a photograph, identifying information shall be included); school identification card with a photograph; voter's registration card; U.S. military card or draft record; identification card issued by federal, state, or local government agencies or entities (if the identification card does not contain a photograph, identifying information shall be included); military dependent's identification card; native American tribal documents; United States Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card; or driver's license issued by a Canadian government authority.

For individuals under age 18 who are unable to produce a document listed above, the following documents are acceptable: school record or report card; clinic doctor or hospital record; or daycare or nursery school record. Amends § 18.2-248.8, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100046D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/23/2012Assigned HWI sub: #4
01/26/2012Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely
02/14/2012Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions