Hotels sometimes take a copy of only the ID to validate that it’s you in the room, you out the card on file for incidentals and also if you forget your room keys and wallet in the room, we have one on file.
Can a hotel take a copy of my ID?
I will say that if you’re worried about the paper copy (some states issue a paper version before the card version), then it is illegal to copy the ID at its original size. They should blow it up if they copy it. So, in summary: yes, it’s common, but it’s also hotel dependent.
Do hotels check your ID?
Is my ID/passport required at check in? Yes, a valid government issued picture ID is required for Hotel Check-in. What forms of payment are accepted to pay for my room? A valid credit card is required to check in to the hotel, but guests may use cash or credit card at check-out to settle their bill.
Why do hotels check your ID?
It helps prevent fraud and identity misuse. It ensures age verification of whoever is renting the room (some hotels [or hotel chains] have a policy of not renting to someone under a specific age).
Is photocopying a driver’s license illegal?
Photocopying the above documents in the United States, is not inherently illegal. But it could be, depending on what you do with it. You certainly can photocopy those things, and stick them in a drawer, and you have not broken any laws.