A common practice, might not be legal in some states, e.g. California ... CBS News Local San Francisco: ConsumerWatch: Stores Requiring ID, Tracking To Prevent Repeated Returns California civil code currently allows retailers to swipe your ID when investigating fraud, abuse or misrepresentation. But [Peninsula Congresswoman Jackie] Speier believes a legitimate return with a receipt does not fall under that exception. State law does require retailers post the ID requirement prominently in their return policy…both Victoria secrets and The Children’s Place do just that. If it’s in their policy, and you want to make a return, you’ll likely have to hand over your ID.