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Foreign I.D. in Vegas

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Peachiekeehn, Feb 1, 2015.

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  1. Peachiekeehn

    Peachiekeehn High-Roller

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    Just a heads up. My Son who looks pretty young but is 29 years old and has been going to Vegas 2 - 3 times a year since 2010 was kicked out of Paris casino last night because his I.D. is not a driver's license but it is issued by the B.C. Government. It's a B.C.I.D. issued by the department of motor vehicles and it's only issued to people 19 or older who do not drive.

    I know Casino's have to be very careful as they could lose their license if caught with underage people in the casino and he's very tolerant of being stopped every 5 feet for an I.D. check but he has never ever had this problem before so it seems that if you do not have a driver's license you may have to carry your passport around with you.
     
  2. Hobofrank

    Hobofrank Prime Minister of Idiocracy

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    Sounds like just one grumpy employee
    my euro cousin has been going for 25 years, always looked young
    only had one person not satisfied with a non us DL or ID
     
  3. LolaDoggie

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    I had one like that at Bally's. Insisted on my passport. Wouldn't take my Ontario driver's lisc. I started carrying my passport on me after that, never got asked for it again. Pain in the butt.
     
  4. Auggie

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    Its probably just that employee hasn't seen that ID before, especially if its one of the new integrated BCIDs... I don't have a driver's license and only use my BCID and I've never had a problem anywhere, Las Vegas or elsewhere in the USA.
     
  5. gambler

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    That's a surprise about the BCID. Sitting at McCarren heading home after a week in Vegas and It seems like I've had to pull out my ID about 7-8 times a day for the past week. I would not want to be doing that with my passport. Not only would it get beat up, which is a whole new set of problems but it costs too much to replace and takes forever.

    Never heard of a problem with the BC ID. Hopefully as others have said, it was just a grumpy employee. Good warning though.
     
  6. jamesxnj

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    This calls for a letter/email sent to Corporate asking what type ID is allowed for BC citizens..Your son could have/should have complained a tad more,IMO but if Paris is at fault maybe he will get some sort of goodwill comp.He should try again today (If he is still there) and take names if anyone checks his ID.Just see what happens.
     
  7. abrolsma

    abrolsma Low-Roller

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    Consider it a blessing.. Paris le sucks! :)
     
  8. DReynolds86

    DReynolds86 Come On, You Blues!

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    Don't you need your passport to get into the States nowadays anyways? Why not just carry it with you?
     
  9. C0usineddie

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    My son Is american and lives here and still carrys his passport around for id.

    cant go wrong with it. He got sick of being questioned about his age so started carrying it and ended any problems.

    Most people will keep an eye on it better then they would an id card so nothing to worry about.
     
  10. Iceicecool

    Iceicecool Low-Roller

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    Not sure about casinos, but all the Vegas clubs do not accept any foreign drivers licenses or other IDs. The only accept a foreign passport or US issued VISA. I travel with Mexican citizens and they know they have to have their passport or visa with them always. Even the Vegas airport gave them a hard time about their Mexican ID cards.
     
  11. pac1971

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    I've never had a problem with my Alberta drivers license at any club in Vegas including Hakkisan and the Bank. Never had to take my passport out of the safe. We even did a club crawl as well and no problem.
     
  12. DReynolds86

    DReynolds86 Come On, You Blues!

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    You're from Alberta; they probably just assumed you were armed.
     
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    I'm in my 40's and have surprisingly been asked for ID a couple of times and I'm certainly not youthful looking lol, I only carry my driving licence and if that's not good enough for them then there plenty of other places to drink.
     
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    When I was in my 20's I looked like a teenager. In the mid nineties I was at a $10 blackjack table in the Mirage and was ID'd by the dealer and showed her my Ontario license. Nothing unusual about that. About 5 min later, the pit boss came by and wanted to see it. That was fairly standard too. 10 min later the dealer changed and the new one wanted to see it. That hadn't happened before. Maybe she thought that no one checked on me yet? Then the SAME pit boss came by to look at it again. At this point I had my ID examined 4 times in less than 20 min (twice by the same person)! I felt a little harassed and embarrassed for holding up the table and left a whole $10 up. I was then ID'd by the cashier and it took a bit for her to be convinced to cash my chips, which were essentially my buy in except for 10 dollars! I was advised by her to check in with security when entering a casino and get a wristband. A bit of a hassle but better than what I went through. If they still do this maybe your son could look into it.

    I didn't play at Mirage for a long time after that.
     
  15. DReynolds86

    DReynolds86 Come On, You Blues!

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    Does no one in LAS VEGAS have one of these?

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  16. gambler

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    Because it's a real pain if you lose it. It's not something that can be immediately replaced.

    A replacement can take up to 20 days so I don't know how you'd get back home across the border. This could affect your job, family life and lots of other things.

    If you carry it around in Vegas (or anywhere) and it gets damp, ripped or bent, it may not be accepted at the border. So it's not the best form of identification for carrying around all the time. Since it doesn't fit in a wallet, the chances of losing it are greater, especially in Vegas with the alcohol factor. Since you need to show ID so often in Vegas, it just makes sense to use your driver's license or government issued ID.

    Since we are talking passports, just a heads up to divorced Canadians who took on their husbands name. A couple months ago, I saw a news story and if I understood it correctly, when you renew your passport now, you must include proof of ALL name changes. Since I was married, divorced and remarried, I now have to send in a copy of my birth certificate, a copy of my original marriage certificate showing name change, my divorce certificate and my new marriage certificate showing new last name. (There's something to be said for keeping your original name!) I've misplaced my original marriage certificate from 30 years ago so will have to send away soon for a certified copy before applying for a renewal of my passport.
     
  17. Julie888

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    A passport is a valuable piece of ID. I wouldn't carry it around.

    Gambler, that story may have been about a enhanced drivers license. I had to go through all that rigamorole to get mine the first time. No issues renewing my passport.

    OP, your son could have called for a supervisor's opinion. I do understand how sometimes it isn't worth the bother.

    A British member here was refused a drink while playing at Stage Bar because he wasn't carrying a passport. He was obviously in his fifties.
     
  18. simundo26

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    this is not true used uk driving liscense for xs hak pure ghostbar marquee
     
  19. Breeze147

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    I couldn't count all of the Canadians I have gambled with over the years in Vegas. Outside of Americans, I would say that Canadians are far and away the largest tourist group, followed by Central Americans and the British.

    I'm not discounting the story, I'm just saying I never encountered that before, and Mirage is almost always my home base.

    Sorry if you a bad time.
     
  20. Peachiekeehn

    Peachiekeehn High-Roller

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    Not true, my Son is there 2 - 3 times a year and has always used his BCID, even in the clubs and he gets checked A LOT but this is the first time he's ever had a problem.
     
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