An identification card is now making it easier for citizens to recognize door-to-door sales people.

Clinton City Council members amended the ordinance involving peddlers, solicitors and transient merchants, requiring those individuals to produce more information and carry around an ID badge.

According to the ordinance, the city will conduct background checks through the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation for everyone applying for a permit, fingerprints will be kept on file of applicants at the Clinton Police Department and individuals requesting the permit must display a city-issued identification card while selling door-to-door.  The identification card will include the city of Clinton paddlewheel image, the person’s picture, name, company, type of permit and expiration date of the permit.

Everyone selling door-to-door, with the exception of charitable and nonprofit organizations, are required to possess and display the identification card.  Representatives of charitable and nonprofit organizations  are required to submit in writing to the city clerk’s office, the purpose of the cause for which the activities sought, the names and addresses of the directors and solicitors, and the duration of the sales pitch.

The following are exempt from the ordinance:  newspaper representatives, club members (Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, etc.), local residents and farmers selling raw fruits and vegetables, students representing local schools, route sales, resale, yard sales and emergency response sites.

A transient merchant is a person engaging in a merchandising business from a temporary location or structure in the city and who for the purpose of carrying on such business hires, leases or occupies any land, structure, trailer or truck for the exhibition and sale of goods.

If approached by someone selling door-to-door who does not display the proper identification,  call the Clinton Police Department at 243-1458 or the city clerk’s office at 244-3421.

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