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There are 3 main classes of Fake IDs out there:
Class 1 = False Identity (ID Card or Driver’s License belonging to someone else.)
Class 2 = Altered (A real Driver’s License or ID Card that has been physically changed to represent false information such as Date of Birth.)
Class 3 = Fake (Completely manufactured as a counterfeit ID Card.)
Class 1 False Identity
If you are planning on using someone else’s ID Card there is a very high probability that you will get caught. Typically this method only works with a younger sibling that looks very much like an older “of age” sibling. Many bars and night clubs will not accept expired ID Cards to prevent this type of activitiy.
In order to be effective you would need the older sibling’s Current Driver’s License, using the Original ID Card can be risky for both siblings. Therefore, it makes more sense and is safer for the younger sibling to borrow the “of age” siblings Birth Certificate and Social Security Card and go to the DMV and claim that the Original license was lost.
The younger sibling can now get a Duplicate ID with their own picture (younger sibling) and the pertinent info belonging to the older sibling. The older sibling can continue to use the Original ID card and the younger sibling can use the Duplicate ID Card (with the younger sibling’s photo) obtained from the DMV. Most DMV offices require no proof to walk in and obtain a Driver’s License other than a Birth Certificate and a Social Security Card.
Class 2 Altered
Years ago with the traditional laminated ID Cards it was possible to easily to alter the Date of Birth on a Driver’s License by “Chalking” the ID. The term “Chalking” refers to using colored pencils (Yes, that’s right, Colored Pencils!) to alter the Date of Birth on a Driver’s License.
This is not possible to do in all states, but is especially popular an easy to do with New York State Driver’s Licenses. If done correctly contrary to what you might think, a chalked ID Card can look extremely convincing to a bouncer or bartender - especially in the dark.
Some “chalked” IDs can be foiled if a bartender wets his finger and then runs it across the Date of Birth causing the colored pencil lead to smear.
With the help of technological advancements, such as holograms and textured lamination - today’s Driver’s Licenses are nearly impossible to alter except by a professional.
Class 3 Fake
One of the biggest giveaways on a well made fake Driver’s License is a bad photo. Never use a photo of a person wearing a hat as this is a dead giveaway. The DMV would never allow a person to pose for their Driver’s License photo wearing a hat.
Be sure that your photo shows your face looking directly forward with your head level and a forward aligned profile. Don’t use a picture of a person looking up, down, to the left, or to the right. Be sure that the photo is taken against a plain white background. Also be sure that there is no red eye in the picture.
Be sure to wear appropriate casual clothes. The girl in the photo above looks fine in the full profile picture, but looks naked once the photo is cropped into an ID sized image.
The print on your ID card should be high resolution, all printed information needs to be solid and clear. If the print is fuzzy, pixelated, or grainy then it will be a clear indication that the ID is fake.
Make sure that the lamination is done well. It should not peel, there should be no bumpy surfaces, and it should form a solid piece with the rest of the ID card.
Make sure that the holograms, barcodes, and magnetic strips look accurate. People often check the holograms. Scanning the barcodes or magnetic strip occur less often so even if the ID doesn’t scan accurately, it should pass most of the time as long as the magnetic strip and barcode looks realistic.
Make sure that the information on your card is accurate and realistic. The height and weight should be around your height and weight. The date of birth should also be as close to your own age as possible. Do not use ridiculous information that would attract unnecessary attention.
- Always put your fake ID or Driver’s License in a different wallet separate from your real identification cards. Having your real ID and your fake ID in the wallet can spell trouble. If someone spots your real ID they will want to see that ID as well and you’ll be caught.
- Always carry additional identification or cards with your fake IDs name on them. Often times bartenders and bouncers will ask to see a second form of ID. They know that most people who have fake ID cards, do not have backup identification.
- Know the information printed on your fake ID card. Many people make the mistake of using a fake ID without knowing the information printed on the card. If a bouncer or bartender suspects that an ID is fake they might ask your birth date, middle initial, address, or zodiac sign. If you hesitate, don’t know the answer, or get it wrong it will be a major indication that the ID you are using is fake.