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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The City of Winston Salem will have new rules for door-to-door salesmen taking effect on July 1.

City officials say salesmen will now be required to have a solicitation license and show a city-issued photo id. Exempt from the license and ID requirement are solicitors for charities, religious groups, schools, non-profit groups such as Boy Scouts, newspaper and political campaigners.

The new law limits all door-to-door soliciting, both commercial and non-commercial between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Other activities banned include knowingly using false or misleading statements to make a sale, remaining on a person's doorstep after being asked to leave and otherwise soliciting in a manner that is obscene, threatening, intimidating, or abusive.

Lori Skyes, police attorney says to get a solicitation license, applicants must submit an application at the City Revenue Office on the first floor of the Stuart Municipal Building at 100 East First Street. There is a $25 application fee.

Applications are then forwarded to the police department to check the criminal record of the person who submitted.

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