With the “FDA Age Calculator,” retailers can use their personal smartphones to help determine if the purchaser is old enough under federal law to buy tobacco products. Using the camera feature on a smartphone, the app is able to scan the driver’s license of the purchaser to determine if the customer is at least 18 years of age (the federal minimum age to buy a tobacco product). The birthdate listed on the photo id can also be manually entered into the app by the retailer for a quick age calculation. This application does not transmit or share this information or save the information on the user’s device or a third party or government server.
FDA recently updated the app to allow retailers to adjust the age the app uses when calculating if the purchaser is old enough to purchase tobacco products. This application does not transmit or share this information or save the information on the user’s device or a third party or government server.
Ratings and Reviews
Works good but could be so much better
This is a very useful tool and takes the guesswork out of actually inputting the dates which could also potentially lead to an error. It’s very simple and easy to use, but why stop there. Can’t they just show the age of the ID being scanned? It would be useful for alcohol sales as well. If FDA reads these reviews PLEASE consider just showing the age of the ID being scanned.
Mediocre At Best
First few times I tried it, the camera would just close without scanning then ID and would then go back to the main screen. Worked intermittently the next 5 times I tested it.
I see in the settings that you should be able to change the age limit (19+ here in Utah), but it doesn't do anything when you try and click on it. This app is useless to everyone in Utah (and several other states) until you fix that.
I’ve been waiting for the newer version that checks for 21+. They finally did it but this version won’t scan Missouri ids. I hope this message makes it to the correct people to fix this so we can effectively use this useful tool.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.