WHAT IS AGECHECKER.NET?
AgeChecker.Net is an age verification technology used by TheHookahShop.com. Age verification is required by many federal and state laws. Their job is to provide websites with legally accepted records showing that their sales have been age verified. This is done in a way that is as unobtrusive to you, the customer, as possible.
WHAT INFORMATION IS REQUIRED?
For most customers, we only require name, date of birth, and address. If we cannot verify your age automatically, we will prompt you to submit an image of your government-issued photo ID – the same one you would present in a retail store to buy the same product.
Please note that our software is often able to retrieve your name and address automatically from your payment or shipping credentials. In this case, you will only have to input your date of birth manually.
HOW DO I UPLOAD MY PHOTO ID?
To make it as easy as possible, we have three options for sending us a photo ID:
- Take a picture using your webcam directly from our popup.
- Upload an image saved on any device.
- Enter your mobile phone number and we’ll text you a link to complete the process on your phone.
WHAT KINDS OF PHOTO IDS DO YOU ACCEPT?
If you are prompted to submit a photo ID to complete the age verification process, we will accept a government-issued ID such as a driver’s license, state identification card, military ID, or passport. Your name, date of birth, and the expiration date must be visible, and name on the ID must match the name on the rest of your order information. The date of birth you enter into our popup must also match the ID, even if both are above the minimum age. Accurate records will allow you to pass the ID prompt next time.
Certain IDs, such as military IDs, require images of the front and back to show us the necessary information. If you are having trouble uploading two images in one submission through our popup, please email them as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will manually verify your order. Since we delete ID submissions automatically, two separate submissions cannot be verified.
HOW IS MY INFORMATION SECURED?
The information you provide is used solely to verify your age. We never share or sell data to third-parties.
Your privacy and security are important to us. Access to all of our services is protected with strong 256-bit AES encryption. All personal information is stored on a private internal network that is not connected to the internet.
We will securely store your date of birth, name, and address so that we can verify you without photo ID if you order again. Photo IDs are not stored; they are deleted as soon as you are verified.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BE VERIFIED?
We can verify about 90% of U.S. customers instantly using just their name, address, and date of birth.
If you cannot be verified automatically using basic order information, you will be prompted to submit an image of your photo ID. This process is easy and occurs within our popup; you will not be redirected from the checkout page. Once you have submitted a photo ID, it usually takes 10 to 30 seconds to verify you, depending on the number of requests in our queue.
CAN I COVER SENSITIVE INFORMATION ON MY PHOTO ID?
Yes, as long as we are able to clearly see your name, date of birth, the expiration date, and enough of the ID to verify that it is real, you may cover other information such as your driver’s license number and address.
DO I HAVE TO GET VERIFIED EVERY TIME I ORDER?
If you’ve uploaded an ID once and use the same name, address, and date of birth for your next order, you won’t be asked to submit an ID again. If one of those three things changes or is entered inaccurately, we won’t recognize you, triggering the ID prompt.
WHAT IF I DON’T LIVE IN THE U.S.?
Customers outside the U.S. are still required to submit their information for our records. We use IP geolocation to determine that you are outside the U.S. then refer to rules the website has chosen for international orders or your specific country: they may block purchases, require an ID for every international purchase (our team is equipped to verify foreign IDs), ask you to self-certify age, or disable age verification.
I THOUGHT I WAS OF LEGAL AGE TO BUY THIS PRODUCT! WHY IS IT SAYING I’M NOT?
On December 20th, 2019 the federal legal age to purchase tobacco products, which include electronic cigarettes, was raised from 18 to 21 across the U.S. when the President signed legislation to amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The federal law supersedes state and local age requirements.