Not Carding Customers Over 50 Not a Crime if Tennessee Bill Signed

A Tennessee law criminalizes the sale of alcohol by supermarket and convenience store clerks to anyone of any age, no matter how old they are without requiring the presentation of a valid picture identification card.

However, widespread complaints by older consumers has led to a bill that would eliminate penalties against clerks who sell to persons who reasonably appear to be older than 50 years of age.

Gov. Phil Bredesen has not indicated whether or not he will sign the bill into law.


  • Erik Schelzig, Bill to ;end universal carding for beer heads to governor: Bill would allow clerks to not card those older than 50. The Leaf Chronicle, April 30, 2008.