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What is the word for someone who checks ID cards (to verify a person's age) before permitting entry to an event or venue? Obviously, the word most commonly used in the context of a bar is "bouncer", but that seems very specific to bars/clubs and the word carries its own baggage.

What about in non-bar contexts? In San Francisco, the Sundance Kabuki is an upscale movie theater that serves alcohol for some screens, and they have a person checking IDs at a checkpoint. The word "bouncer" just sounds wrong to me in that context, but the only alternative I can come up with is "ID checker" (which sounds equally odd to me).

Is there a better word for the person who does this job?

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Doorman : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doorman

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Wordnet 3.0 says:

2. gatekeeper - someone who guards an entrance
doorman, hall porter, door guard, ostiary, porter, doorkeeper
commissionaire - a uniformed doorman
guard - a person who keeps watch over something or someone
night porter - a porter on duty during the night
ticket collector, ticket taker - someone who is paid to admit only those who have purchased tickets

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Commissionaire is a very cool word. I will try to remember that word the next time I visit Wal-Mart. –  J.R. Jun 15 '12 at 22:42

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