Clubs and bars in the Cornish resort of Newquay are being encouraged to install identity scanners.
Devon and Cornwall Police believe the scanners will stop people from using fake IDs.
The scanners can also alert staff to people who have been banned from other clubs, which could help reduce anti-social behaviour.
The scanners, which cost £4,000 or can be leased for about £45 a week, have already been installed at two venues.
The police force has £5,000 from the government’s Home Office Innovation Fund to offer small start-up grants to licensees who are willing to install the machines.
Insp Ian Drummond-Smith said the scanners would allow venues to work together.
Data about people with anti-social behaviour orders or banning orders is fed into the scanners by police, providing staff with the information they need to refuse entry.
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