FDA Requires a NEW One-Time 2 Minute Age Verification to Our Checkout Process
Posted on 07 August 2016
Are you wondering how the new FDA regulations will effect the way you purchase vaping products online? At VapeHappy.com we have added a slick integration with BlueCheck to ensure we stay compliant with the latest age verification laws. It is a quick one-time process that should take no longer than a few minutes. If you are buying vaping products from a company online after August 8th, 2016 without an age verification like this, they are not compliant with FDA regulations.
After consulting with our legal team and industry experts, we decided to work with BlueCheck.me for our FDA compliant age verification needs. We agree with their interpretation of the regulations and believe that their standards will ensure that we stay online to continue to serve the vaping community. BlueCheck is also the proud partner and age verification provider for SFATA (Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association). We have worked closely with Alex Zeig, the CEO of BlueCheck to ensure the quickest and safest experience for our customers.
WHAT INFORMATION WILL I NEED TO PROVIDE?
During the checkout process after inputting your shipping information, you will be prompted with the BlueCheck pop up. BlueCheck will ask you to verify your identity on behalf of VAPEHAPPY. Additionally, federal law requires you to provide a photo ID if you're under the age of 27 in an additional 3 step verification process. This one-time process takes only a few minutes. Your information will be encrypted and never used for any other purpose by BlueCheck or VAPEHAPPY. The next time you order, you'll use your account to log-in for a much faster checkout.
1) YOUR LEGAL NAME
2) YOUR DATE OF BIRTH
3) YOUR MOBILE NUMBER
4) PHOTO ID OR LAST 4 OF YOUR SSN
If you are over the age of 27, you will have the option to either input the last four of your SS number OR upload a photo ID. If you are under the age of 27, you are required to upload your photo ID.
If you are over the age of 27 and your verification is successful, YOU ARE DONE! You will receive a text message with a four digit SMS code to input into the BlueCheck screen. After this process you will be routed back to the next page of the checkout process to choose your shipping method and then payment.
NEXT STEP: ENTER YOUR 4 DIGIT SMS VERIFICATION CODE
ADDITIONAL 3 STEP MANUAL VERIFICATION
If you are under the age of 27, you will continue onto the next 3 step manual verification process. Don't worry! It is super simple and easy to complete.
STEP 1: EMAIL VERIFICATION
You will need to enter in your email to correspond with BlueCheck's 24/7 support team for manual verification. This is where BlueCheck will notify you when your verification is complete.
STEP 2: UPLOAD A SELFIE WITH ID
In order to prove possession of your ID, please take or upload a photo with your ID held next to your face. You can do this from your computer or your mobile device.
If you are using your mobile device, the BlueCheck system will prompt you to open your camera app or access your photo library - super easy!
STEP 3: UPLOAD PHOTO ID
The final step of the manual verification is to upload your photo ID. Once this step is completed, you will be prompted with this screenshot below letting you know that your actions have been completed and to await your email verification.
Once you have completed these steps, BlueCheck will email you to inform you if you have been verified or not.
This should only take a couple minutes! BlueCheck's live 24/7 team will view your uploads to verify age. Once verified, you will receive an email with the subject title "BlueCheck Verification: PASSED." After you have received this confirmation, you will be able to proceed to checkout. BlueCheck will ask you once more for your name at this time and will immediately text you a 4 digit verification code to input and then you are done! Remember, you will only be required to complete this seemingly long winded process ONE time. If you are an existing customer who has already been verified, you will NOT need to be verified again. Instead, you will simply login to your BlueCheck account to retrieve your verification credentials. Easy peasy!
VAPEHAPPY is working diligently to comply with all of the FDA's regulations and this new age verification is a major change to the checkout process. Please be patient and remember you will only need to upload to BlueCheck one time.
Any information you provide is used exclusively to verify that you meet the legal requirements to complete your purchase. Your information is secure and will not be shared with outside parties. The last 4 SS number data is wiped immediately upon verification and photo IDs are securely stored offline on an encrypted hard drive with BlueCheck.
NOTE: You’ll be unable to complete your order unless you successfully verify your age through BlueCheck.
With recent changes to the law, all online retailers must begin providing a higher standard of age verification and BlueCheck was by far the quickest, safest experience for our customers. If you have questions, please visit BlueCheck's FAQ page or email them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. They’re good people and will answer right away! Please also feel free to contact our VAPEHAPPY Team as well. =)