Pick Ups and Drop Offs with Alcohol and Tobacco

Modified on Mon, 11 Apr 2022 at 05:00 PM

At times, you may get orders containing alcoholic beverages or tobacco products.  The following information is intended to help you lawfully deliver tobacco and alcohol.  Please note that you could be held liable if you deliver alcohol or tobacco products to a minor or someone who is visibly intoxicated, so it's important that you follow this process fully to protect yourself and the customer.



Alcohol and Tobacco orders are for people 21 years of age or older. In order to pick up an order including alcohol you will be required to present your valid drivers license. If you do not have a driver's license present the pick up location will refuse to give you the order. In the event you receive an order that does not comply with applicable legal requirements, please reach out to Skipcart Support by using the help button at the bottom of you in app screen.





When an order contains alcohol and tobacco, the law requires you to verify the age of the customer before you hand over the alcohol or tobacco.  You can only deliver alcohol if the customer is 21 years of age or older.

To verify age, ask the customer to see a valid ID.  Check every customer’s ID every time, even if the customer clearly appears to be over 21 in the US.  A valid ID must include a photograph and date of birth.  For example, acceptable forms of ID may include:  

  • A valid driver's license issued by the federal, state, county, or municipal government.

  • A valid passport.

  • An identification card issued by the Armed Forces of the United States that contains the name, date of birth, description, and picture of the person.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  IDNYC is not a proper form of ID to buy alcohol and Tobacco in the state of New York.  When checking customers' ID, please ask to see one of the above acceptable forms of ID.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Only four forms of identification are proper for purchasing alcohol and tobacco in Massachusetts. Please ensure that the customer has presented (1) an unexpired Massachusetts driver’s license, (2) an unexpired Massachusetts liquor ID, (3) an unexpired passport from a country recognized by the United States, or (4) an unexpired military identification card.

Next, make sure the ID is not invalid or fake:

  1. Check the expiration date.  Do not accept an ID that is expired.

  2. Ask to remove the ID from the wallet.

  3. Compare the customer at the door to the photo in the ID.  Examine facial features: are the height, eye shape, ear and nose shape or placement similar?  Ignore weight, hair and makeup as these may change.

  4. Feel the edges of the ID - a legitimate ID will have smooth, uniform edges.  A fake ID may have rougher edges and perhaps may be coming apart.

  5. Look for glue lines or bumpy or uneven surfaces. A real ID’s surface should be consistent.



Do not deliver alcohol if the customer is visibly intoxicated. The dictionary defines intoxication as the condition of being drunk. Here are some steps to help determine if a person is intoxicated.  

Physical Signs of Intoxication

  1. Look for glassy or bloodshot eyes.  Also look for droopy eyes or if someone clearly has difficulty keeping their eyes open.

  2. Notice how the person smells.  If you notice that the person’s breath or clothes smell of alcohol, this may be an effective tell-tale sign of intoxication.

  3. Watch for impaired motor function.  Intoxicated people can’t perform normal tasks in the same way they would if they were sober.  If someone is having trouble walking in a straight line or is fumbling with objects, this may be a sign that they are intoxicated.

Signs of Behavioral Intoxication

  1. Look for a person’s inhibitions becoming lowered.  Some people who are visibly intoxicated exhibit louder behavior than usual or may make inappropriate comments.

  2. Watch out for a person that is slurring their speech.

  3. Notice if someone is speaking slower or faster than usual.



Do NOT, under any circumstances, deliver alcohol or tobacco produces to the following locations:

  1. Public or private school (K-12) (e.g. an elementary school);

  2. College campus (e.g. a frat house);

  3. Prison, reformatory, veterans’ home, or state capitol grounds;

  4. Locker or similar package storage service (e.g. a storage facility); or

  5. Business that sells alcohol and tobacco (e.g. liquor store).






Use your judgment.  If you have any doubts about the ID, the customer, or encounter a situation in which it does not seem reasonable to deliver alcohol or tobacco (e.g. there is a party with minors present), do not complete delivery and contact Skipcart support using the help button at the bottom of you in app screen.  



III. Non Deliverable ALCOHOL and TOBACCO 

If a customer is found to be under the legal age limit, intoxicated or if the customer is not available to provide proper ID you will be asked to cancel the order this can be done by clicking “problem with this order”. The app will prompt you on the best next step, which may include returning the items to the store. 

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