Vending machines that sell alcohol or tobacco need to verify the age of their buyers. This is the only way to prevent minors from having access to products that are harmful to their health or aren’t suitable for them.

As these are self-consumption machines, a solution is needed that allows users’ data to be verified remotely, without errors and anticipating possible deception. Today we talk about age verification and vending machines.

What is age verification?

Do you remember the last time someone asked you to show your identity card before entering a nightclub? That’s age verification.

Both in the online and remote world, age verification is a system that restricts the access of minors under 18 years of age to a certain product or service.

In general, it is a protection measure used to limit and prevent minors’ access to content, products and services that may be harmful to their development (such as alcohol, tobacco, video games, apps, pornography, etc.). To avoid this, all users of this type of products must pass a control and prove with an identity document that they are of legal age. Otherwise, they won’t be able to access or obtain those products.

In addition, age verification ensures that there is a real person behind the access request or purchase in question, thus preventing fraud and scams. It is usually accompanied by a full identity verification, so it also confirms that the person is who they say they are.

Age verification in vending machines

Vending machines allow access to all kinds of products at any time of the day, they are a good option so that users don’t have to stick to store hours.

The problem? There are certain products that aren’t suitable for younger people, as well as laws and regulations that prohibit their sale. Therefore, in the case of businesses that have vending machines, it is necessary that they have a solution that verifies the age of the users who obtain those items.

By verifying the data of the buyers, the responsible company behind the machines ensures that its products are sold only to people of legal age. In this way, children are prevented from accessing alcohol or other products not suitable for those under 18 years of age.

Alice helps you with age verification

At Alice Biometrics we have the solution. Our technology verifies the age of new users remotely. It is easily integrated into the payment system of any digital vending machine to confirm that the person accessing tobacco or alcohol, for example, is over 18 years of age. All you need is an identity document!

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