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


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.
    Commented Jun 15, 2012 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.


The word you are looking for is bouncer.


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