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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

“Doorman” is good, but makes me (and Google) think you mean one of these guys: enter image description here

In your scenario, I would describe that person and/or those working with him in similar functions collectively or individually as (the embodiment of) security.

“Have you seen any vehicles or other visitors in the vicinity in recent weeks?”

[. . . .]

“I'll check with security but I don't think so.”

Source: The Whisper of Legends: An Inspector Green Mystery, By Barbara Fradkin

Other examples of this usage here.

It’s definitely a more general term, but in your context (or any of minimal specificity) a nice general term like this one can be very clear where an incorrectly specific term would sound strange.

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The word you are looking for is bouncer.

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When this question was written in 2012, it thoroughly addressed the possibility of “bouncer” and how it only felt right in the context of a bar or nightclub. If your answer is disagreeing with that assessment, then you should address the concerns with this term as they’re expressed in the question. Even then, it might be better as a comment (especially since answers usually have explanation and support from authoritative sources). As it stands, this adds absolutely nothing to an old discussion and will likely be deleted. Please be sure to read beyond the headline of questions in the future. –  Tyler James Young Oct 9 at 20:04

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