In a case that has drawn attention from a number of federal courts, a federal judge in Florida ruled that the state of Florida’s universal login law does not allow people to enter a store without obtaining a photo ID.
The ruling comes in a case brought by the U.S. Justice Department, and it affects only people with a driver’s license or passport.
It is not a ruling in the case involving Massachusetts, where a state law requires that people without photo IDs be allowed in grocery stores.
The case arose in June 2013 when the Florida Department of Law Enforcement received an anonymous tip that a woman was entering a Walmart in the Tampa area and asked for her name and address, but was not given a valid photo ID for her to purchase items.
She was subsequently arrested and charged with violating the state’s universal log in law, the Justice Department said.
The case was later transferred to federal court.
Florida has been working on universal login for a number years.
The law requires people to show a photo identification, and the Department of State maintains a database of individuals who have been denied access due to a photo.