I got my VA nonresident permit last week, so this week I have been trying to get used to carrying. Tonight however I was not carrying as I was going to "bars" (restaurants that serve liquor). I presented my permit to one bar as my photo ID, and they let me in no problem. A bit later I went to another bar, showed my permit, and the LEO standing by the bouncer tried to tell me that the permit was not a good enough ID. I told him that it was in fact issued by the state police and had everything he may need to know on it. It has my information including DOB and descriptive features, as well as a picture. I assume a bouncer at a club may not be shown a permit often and may not know what to make of it, but I assume the cop ought to have known what it was. So, should it count as a legal photo ID, or am I mistaken?
On a sidenote, I was suprised that walking into a bar and showing a permit the LEO didn't ask if I was carrying since I can't conceal in the bar.