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Fake ID's - Legal and Illegal Uses

Aug 17, 2007
Fake ID's can be legal or illegal depending on how you attempt to use them. Fake ID's can be very fun if you are using them in that context. Generally these are the type you buy online or from the checkout counter at the convenient store. They have fun little pictures and captions about rednecks, shopaholics, bums, and more. They are to carry in your wallet and even to give to the friends who remind you of those described on them.

There are several sites online where you can get a fake ID with your picture on it. However, the guidelines on such sites clearly state that they are to be used for novelty effects only. That means you are not breaking any laws to have them for fun and for your own use. Yet if you use them for another purpose that they were not intended for you should be prepared for some very serious consequences. Note that in such circumstances the individual who used the card to gain access to something they should not have will be held liable, not the agency that issues the fake ID card.

Fake ID's are also very illegal and if you get caught using them in that context them you can be arrested and even face jail time. These are the types of ID's that have your picture with them but someone else's personal information. They can also have your right information but claim that you are older than you really are. They can even have a different social security number if you are trying to pass a background check.

The most common reasons why people use fake ID's illegally is to gain employment if they are here illegally or they have a criminal background that makes securing employment very difficult. They are also used to gain entry to various nightclubs or to buy alcohol and cigarettes. There are age restrictions for legal access to each of these.

While using a fake ID legally to have some fun is perfectly acceptable, you need to think about the consequences of using a fake ID illegally. It can cost you thousands of dollars in fines and legal fees. You also will end up with a criminal record that can't be erased if the charges are serious enough. You can bet that if you use a fake ID to illegally access clubs, cigarettes, or alcohol you could be facing federal charges instead of just state charges. Those are quite serious and not something you want to end up involved in.
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