Fake IDs are commonly used to allow the bearer to gain entry where they would normally not be permitted. Bars, nightclubs and other establishments that require a person to be of a certain age are prime targets. Generally, the person will be attempting to gain entry in order to purchase alcohol or tobacco products. It is the responsibility of the business to ensure that patrons are in possession of a valid and accurate identification prior to entry. Many states have different requirements in terms of which id’s are acceptable. Local and state laws dictate which forms of identification are to be allowed, but most have a few laws in common. The use of a fake ID or a valid ID belonging to another individual is prohibited nationwide.
Legal forms of identification in Louisiana:
Here are some of the common ways to identify fraudulent IDs.
There are three basic types of ID fraud: Borrowed, Fake, and Altered. Modern and enhanced security features have changed the way that ID fraud occurs. Borrowed IDs are by far the most common method of ID fraud, followed by Fake IDs, and more rarely Altered IDs. Here are some of the ways you can spot problems.
Borrowed IDs – The Most Common Form of ID Fraud
Borrowed IDs are now the most common form of ID fraud. It is estimated that 95% of all ID fraud originates with a borrowed ID. Minors get borrowed IDs from several sources: they use the ID of an older sibling, an older friend, or get an ID of a stranger through their friends and friend networks.
Here are some suggestions for spotting the borrowed ID:
In an effort to keep up with the modern security enhancements of real IDs, manufacturers of faked IDs are using advanced technology to create very “real” looking fakes. The internet has become a prime resource to purchase these IDs. The best way to spot fakes is to do a visual and physical examination of the ID in question, and to be familiar with what a real ID in your community looks like.
Modern IDs are much harder to alter than in the past. For example, given the advancement of ID printing methods and the use of specialized plastic material, altering an IDs photo is extremely difficult as is rarely seen on newer forms of ID. The current trend in ID altering is to change the date of birth, “Under 18 Until,” or “Under 21 Until” dates. The most common technique to alter IDs is to use clear fingernail polish or superglue and write or print new dates on top of the polish or glue. So to spot altered IDs look for the following:
Ways to double check IDs
– Check birth date, expiration date, and photograph.
Physical inspection of the ID.
Over the last decade, U.S. states and Canadian provinces have made significant security upgrades to their drivers’ licenses and identification cards. While some of these features are only visible with special equipment (UV light source, magnification) other security features can be detected by the naked eye, by touch, or by simply tilting a card or holding it up to a light source. The infographic shows some of these easily verifiable features of drivers’ licenses and identification cards.
There is no universal standard for what security features are used on IDs and where they are located on the ID.
When in doubt, it is a good idea to get a second opinion of a co-worker or manager. If still in doubt, it is acceptable to refuse entry. It is not recommended that you seize or retain the fake identification and/or detain the person presenting it. Check your local laws as it pertains to your responsibilities in reporting these activities to law enforcement.