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Understanding Fake IDs And The Law

Aug 18, 2007
The illegal use of fake Ids is nothing new. Most people have heard stories of teenagers using fake IDs in order to help them obtain alcohol or cigarettes despite being too young to legally do so. Movies also portray criminals using fake IDs to help them obtain plane tickets, credit cards, or other items illegally.

Fake ID Manufacturers and the Law

While fake IDs are used by some people for illegal purposes, it is actually perfectly legal for a company to make and to sell IDs to consumers. This is because the IDs are made by the companies for novelty purposes only. How the consumer chooses to use the fake ID is of no concern to the company and the company is completely free from liability for the illegal use of fake IDs.

To understand this concept more clearly, it is helpful to look at other products on the market. A shovel, for example, is made by the manufacturer in order to aid consumers in digging. If a consumer choose to use the shovel to harm someone to break a window and rob someone, the manufacturer is not liable for these actions. The same is true with fake IDs - if the consumer chooses to use the ID in an illegal fashion, the manufacturer of the card is not liable.

Illegal Uses

IDs are sold by manufacturers for novelty purposes. In addition, it is perfectly legal to possess a fake ID. A fake card becomes illegal when it is used for purposes such as misrepresenting a person's age or status. Using a fake ID in order to purchase alcohol or cigarettes, for example, is illegal. Similarly, utilizing a fake ID in order to enter restricted premises is illegal and punishable under the law.

Legal Forms

It is legal for an ID manufacturer to produce nearly any type of card. These cards include passports, driver's licenses, immigration certificates, and more. In fact, the only real limitation to making fake IDs is the fact that existing IDs cannot be copied. This helps to reduce the chances that a person is making a fake ID for illegal purposes, such as to take over the identification of another person.

Many people mistakenly believe that making and possessing fake IDs is illegal. In reality, it is perfectly legal to create one of these IDs and to have it in your possession, just be sure to abide by the law and to not use them in an illegal manner.
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