Making a fake ID is illegal and comes with its fair share of risks. However, some people still choose to do it. Whether it’s for buying alcohol before they’re 21 or for other reasons, making a fake ID is a serious offense. Before you decide to make one, it’s essential to understand what it entails and the potential consequences. In this blog post, we’ll explore everything you need to know about making a fake ID.
1. The Risks Involved:
When you decide to make a fake ID, it goes beyond just breaking the law. Your fake ID will be considered a counterfeit, and you could find yourself in trouble with the law. Possessing and using a fake ID is a criminal offense with possible fines and even prison time depending on your State laws. Not to mention, if caught, you could end up with a permanent criminal record, making it hard to secure future employment, educational, and housing opportunities.
2. How to Make a Fake ID:
The process of making a fake ID often involves purchasing an ID kit off websites or the dark web. The kit comprises pre-made templates where you enter your details and upload your photo. Some sellers require payment in bitcoins or other cryptocurrencies, which makes it harder to trace. Once this is done, you then print out your fake ID, laminate it, and voila, your fake ID is complete. Alternatively, you’ll need graphic design and printing skills to create a fake ID from scratch.
3. How to Spot a Fake ID:
When purchasing items, some store or bar employees may ask for identification, and checking for fakes is part of their job description. Some states have methods, such as blacklight verification and watermark tests, to confirm the authenticity of IDs. Also, some other methods include checking the ID’s security features, such as laser-engraved 3D, complex microprint, or dual-sided design features. Once they spot a fake ID, they have the right to confiscate it and report it to the authorities.
4. Legal Consequences:
Using a fake ID carries heavy consequences that can affect you for the rest of your life. As mentioned earlier, it’s a criminal offense; thus, penalties will depend on the State, but most states issue misdemeanor charges, which could lead to fines of over $1,000 and up to 6 months in jail. In worse cases, you may face felony charges and end up spending several years in jail. Some states also have additional fines for those caught buying booze with a fake ID.
5. Alternatives to Using a Fake ID:
If you’re under 21 and need to purchase alcohol, there are legal alternatives to obtaining it. You can purchase alcohol-free alternatives such as mocktails and occasionally, establishments sell alcohol-free beer and wines. Additionally, if you want to have some fun, why not try other entertainment options such as playing games, watching movies, or visiting local amusement parks? Always remember, though, if you want to drink, it’s best to wait until you’re of legal drinking age to do so.
Making a fake ID may be tempting, but the risks involved are not worth it. Possessing and using a fake ID is a criminal offense. The consequences of getting caught with a fake ID can be devastating, both now and in the long run. Therefore it’s essential to explore legal alternatives and wait until you’re legally allowed to drink.