state issued id how to spot fake id
state issued id how to spot fake id
1. Observe the Individual❼Behavior
Fake IDs are easier to obtain than ever. Online reviews, cryptocurrencies, and quick deliveries make buying quality counterfeit IDs convenient and relatively safe.Fake ID producers across the world use sophisticated graphics software, printing presses, and specialized materials to create near-exact replicas of a real ID. These print shops have honed their craft so well that the unsuspecting eye can't differentiate between a fake ID and the real thing.With 15+ years of experience catching over 300,000 fake IDs, we thought we’d offer up some tips on how you can best catch them:
When an individual presents a fake ID, they are likely not confident that you will accept it without question. Expect a person with a fake ID to be fidgety, impatient, or nervous. Often, they will avoid direct eye contact by looking up and around as they interact with you.
Train your staff to ask probing questions related to the ID or issuer. For example, have the individual verify the information on the card. If the ID is from out of their home state, often the case, there is a good chance that they haven’t memorized area codes, state symbolism, or taglines.
Bend the card to see how it behaves. Does it feel lighter or heavier than a real ID? Does the laminated surface bubble when bent? Authentic IDs of higher-quality polycarbonate should feel sturdier than plastic. Polycarbonate also makes a metallic sound when it strikes a hard surface. Lower quality fake IDs don’t use the right polycarbonate materials.
A good ID scanner can tell you if the ID has faults in commonly-used security features like laser perforations, micro prints, and proprietary fonts. ID scanners that perform OCR analysis can detect these faults whereas barcode scanners can’t. Patronscan uses pixel-level OCR analysis and an extensive fake ID library to accurately detect fake IDs.
Laser engraving creates a security feature you can feel. When you run your finger over the birthdate or other text elements on a driver's license, you should feel the raised texture.
These are some of the more difficult features to replicate. Many of the popular printers have the capability to create exact replicas but some fake IDs have poor reproductions that are much more obvious.
Counterfeit printers are unlikely to have access to, or even the ability to properly reproduce, the fonts used by an official ID issuer. This is another security measure that printers struggle with. Look for fonts that are substitutes for the real thing. Often, counterfeiters trace these fonts and make mistakes that can be found by inspecting the characters closely.
How to Spot a Fake ID by State
Fake IDs are growing both in number and sophistication as identity thieves get more and more accurate with the details. Whether you are a bouncer at a club, a bartender serving alcohol, or a tobacco or cannabis shop, you must learn to verify an ID properly and detect a fake one from a mile away.
Always remember the devil is in the details, but there are a few simple steps that can help you spot a fake ID by state:
When it comes to identifying and authenticating IDs, there are a few telltale signs that an ID might be fake. We’ve broken them down for you to help you get started:
Holograms show up like watermarks that become visible when held up to the light. This means they appear as small, hidden background images that are state-specific and difficult to replicate. These holograms vary depending on your state and can help you easily spot a fake ID by the naked eye.
For many states, such as Arizona and New Hampshire, this will appear as an outline of the state.
Laser perforations are small, needle-tip thin holes that form a picture. These holes are usually so small that they aren’t visible to the naked eye unless held up to the light. This presents differently based on the state.
For example, Texas’s laser perforation appears in the shape of the state while California’s appears as an outline of the California brown bear.
Each state has certain security features that are not visible to the naked eye. Some states’ IDs have a second lighter image that will appear under UV light only.
For Washington, among many other states, this UV image would appear in multiple places as the state seal.
Laser embossing uses a laser to raise the plastic on the front of the ID without affecting the back side. This is difficult to replicate and requires additional tools but, when done correctly, can be very convincing.
Several states, including Arizona and California, have embossed printing on the date of birth or the signature.
All state IDs use some sort of professional laminate. This is used to seal the UV imagery and protect the card from being damaged. For the bend test, simply take the card and gently bend it into a “U” shape. If the ID is fake, the laminate will bubble due to cheap laminate.
These tactics can help to spot fake IDs based on state-specific identifiers and can ensure you do your best to stop fraudsters. However, they aren’t always accurate in terms of authentication. Advancements in technology have made it possible for fraudsters to replicate IDs down to the smaller details. In fact, many of these fake ID suppliers use their ability to bypass these security features as a selling point. For example, IDChief, one of the biggest suppliers of fake IDs in the country, boasts “All of our Fake IDs have the correct holograms and material.”
The only way to accurately catch fakes in real-time is by using identity authentication software like Intellicheck.
Intellicheck is a one-stop solution provider when it comes to validating identification for all business sectors dealing with IDs. Retailers can implement this feature into their point of sale routine to authenticate IDs and easily identify fakes without needing to purchase any additional hardware. Intellicheck’s Age ID can even be downloaded as an app directly to your mobile device making it easily accessible to bartenders and bouncers to validate IDs on the fly.
Businesses that use Age ID are able to truly optimize their efforts towards preventing the use of fakes. In fact, one liquor store in a college town managed to catch hundreds of fakes within the first month of integration. As students learned that they might lose their fakes, many underage customers stopped trying to purchase liquor from that store altogether, reducing liability. And, seeing as how some insurance premiums will go down if companies crackdown on their authentication efforts, companies can save money to offset the cost of integrating Age ID. See how you can protect your business and cut costs with Intellicheck.
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Licensing Law Awareness： Do You Know How to Spot a Fake ID？
Most people are aware that, under the Licensing Act 2003, it’s against the law to sell alcohol to anyone under the age of 18.
This is a simple law to abide by but it can sometimes prove to be tricky in practice:
What if someone looks older than they actually are?
How do I know how to spot a fake ID?
What if you get it wrong?
To help you adhere to this law it’s a good idea to ask anyone who you think may be under-age for identification. By asking people to prove their age you will avoid accidentally selling alcohol to a minor and avoid facing the penalties for doing so.
You may already be familiar with the ‘Challenge 25’ scheme which looks to help you with this – the scheme simply informs the customer that if they’re lucky enough to look under 25, then you will ask them for proof of age before approving the sale.
Yet this still presents us with a further problem: how do you know if the ID you are given is real? It’s against the law for a child to use a fake or borrowed ID to buy alcohol but this doesn’t mean that they won’t try.
Fake ID cards are easily obtained online or borrowed from older friends and siblings and so they commonly make their way into our bars, pubs, shops and supermarkets. So what can be done about it?
When you ask a customer for identification there are only three acceptable proofs of age that you should accept:
A valid passport.
A photo driving licence.
A Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) card.
Each form of ID must contain a photograph of the person, their date of birth, and an official hologram.
It’s essential that you check these things very carefully to ensure that the photo is of the right person and to make sure that it’s real, not fake. It’s more commonplace than you think for young people to borrow an ID card from an older friend or sibling to try and buy alcohol.
Aside from passports, driving licences and PASS cards as stated above, all other forms of ID should not be accepted as proof of age. This includes items such as:
If a customer tries to give you any of these as their proof of age then you should not approve the sale until a valid form of ID is presented. You may wish to explain the law to the customer, plus the fines you may face if you sell alcohol without valid proof of age.
Government guidance explains that there are five types of false documents:
A genuine document which is being used by someone else, e.g. a child using their older sibling’s passport.
A genuine document which has been altered, e.g. a driving licence with the date of birth scratched off.
A genuine document which has been fraudulently obtained, e.g. a real passport that has been stolen and used by somebody else.
A fake document which is a copy of a genuine document, e.g. someone replicating a person’s existing driver’s licence.
A fake document which is a form of ID that does not exist, e.g. a provisional motorcycle licence.
The most common fake ID includes those that look like driving licences, such as national identification cards, European or international driving permits and provisional motorcycle licences.
You may identify a fake PASS Card by the following features:
A hologram that is stuck on top of the plastic, rather than being smooth.
An artificial looking hologram in appearance.
A photograph that is stuck on top of the plastic.
A photograph that doesn’t match the person presenting the ID.
An incorrect date of birth.
Details that have been altered or tampered with.
A non-smooth surface.
Authentic UK PASS Cards Must Have:
A 3D hologram with the characteristic ‘A’ in the lettering.
A photograph that matches the person.
A valid date of birth – you can calculate the person’s age from their DOB or look for the ‘18+’ symbol on the card.
A flat, smooth surface.
You may identify a fake driving licence by the following features:
An incorrect flag image.
The wrong words across the top, e.g. ‘National Identification’ or ‘International Driving Permit’.
A plain or simple-patterned background.
A photograph in the wrong place.
No signature/an incorrect signature.
Information in the wrong places.
Driving licences are designed to be difficult to forge and possess many features that are hard to copy.
Authentic UK Driving Licences Must Have:
A first name, surname, date and place of birth.
A date of licence issue, photo expiry and issuing authority.
A driver number.
A valid photograph (black and white on newer photocards).
The holder’s signature.
The holder’s address.
A hologram of a steering wheel over the person’s photograph which ‘turns’ as you move the card.
Further holographic images on the front.
Pictograms on the reverse.
A green/gold steering wheel image on the reverse.
A complex background pattern.
The British government change UK passports slightly every 5 years to prevent the production of genuine-looking fake passports.
Authentic UK Passports Must:
Be the right size (around 125 x 88mm).
Passports issued after November 2015 have 34-pages.
Passports issued before November 2015 should have 32 pages (48 for a business book).
Feature a digitally printed photograph with holographic overlay.
Have a 9-digit number on page 1.
Have a perforated serial number throughout the pages.
Feature the holder’s signature.
You may identify a fake passport by the following features:
An invalid expiry date.
Personal details that have been amended or tampered with.
An incorrect number of pages for the time it was issued.
A photograph that isn’t digitally printed.
No holograms or perforations.
No passport chip.
Words, signatures or pictures in the wrong places.
Passports are the only other type of identification that you should accept from a customer. This can be a UK passport or a foreign passport, although it’s harder to determine the validity of a foreign passport if you are unfamiliar with their design.
There are slight differences between older & newer passports. Differences include:
The number of pages.
The page designs.
The presence of a chip: passports issued after 2010 have a chip in the cover of the passport whereas older passports have the chip located on page 32.
If a customer presents you with a fake ID then it’s important that you deal with it correctly.
If you are not satisfied that the ID is genuine then you should always refuse the sale and ask the person to leave the premises. You should then make a note in your refusals/incident book.
Only certain people have legal powers to seize false ID but, if presented with it, you may ask the customer to hand the ID over to you.
It’s also within your rights to mention that the police may be called to investigate if they do not hand over the fake ID.
Once in your possession, you should store the ID in a secure place until the police can collect it or a manager can take it to the police station.
The UK government recognise door staff as the frontline of defence against fake ID. Therefore, it is their view that you are not committing a criminal offence by confiscating the ID as you lack the dishonest intent necessary to commit the offence of theft. This gives door staff the ability to confiscate false ID under common law. If you do confiscate a fake ID, it’s a good idea to record any confiscated ID in an incident book
Licensing Law Awareness Training is designed to raise awareness of what your responsibilities are under the Licensing Act 2003, outlining the key objectives of the Act and explaining how premises and licence holders can ensure that they are achieved by making their establishments safe and welcoming places to be.
The Licensing Act 2003 applies to all premises in England and Wales where alcohol is sold or supplied, where regulated entertainment is provided to more than 500 people or where the premises provides late night refreshments.
Training is suitable for anyone who has responsibility for premises covered by the regulations, including employers, Designated Premises Supervisors and Managers.
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state issued id how to spot fake id