Retailers will be required to check the picture identification of customers buying law enforcement uniforms or face fines up to $1,000 under legislation signed by Governor Schwarzenegger.
The bill was sponsored by by Republican Assemblyman Roger Niello
of Fair Oaks.
It makes it a misdemeanor for vendors not to verify ID.
Previous law made it illegal to impersonate police but did not require an ID check at the point of purchase.
Niello says the new law was needed because many law enforcement
agencies require officers to buy uniforms through retailers.
He introduced the bill after a string of sexual assaults committed by police impersonators in Sacramento County, including cases in which three women who reported being assaulted in February after being pulled over by impersonators who drove cars with flashing lights and showed badges.
There have been no arrests.
The measure takes effect January 1st.