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Fake IDs and the Effort to Stop them in New Jersey

The United States is facing a serious problem with the rising prevalence and proliferation of fake identification cards across the country. This issue goes well beyond college students trying to pass of fake ID to get into the local watering hole; we are seeing a growing prevalence of expertly forged documents being utilized to commit white collar crimes like identity theft, mortgage fraud, and credit card scams even after both state and federal law enforcement agencies continue to crack down on these issues. The impact of the phenomenon is evident across the US, even in the state of New Jersey. As the stories below show, fake identification has been highlighted in several recent events across the state:

What are the Penalties for Fake ID Possession in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, the consequences of being caught with a fake ID can vary. In cases were the offender is a juvenile utilizing a fake ID to obtain alcohol and/or cigarettes, the punishment includes a jail sentence up to 6 months, fines up to $1,000, and the suspension of their drivers license. While this might seem harsh at first, it pails in comparison to the punishment on will face as an adult.

2016 Of 13 Index 502 As a adult, if you are simply caught in possession of a fake or forged ID, birth certificate, social security card, or any other official government document you will face a prison sentence up to 18 months in length and fines up to $10,000. Additionally, if you are caught using the fake ID or document to commit a crime (i.e. identity theft, credit card fraud, etc.), you will face a 5-year jail sentence and fines up to $15,000.

How to Spot a Fake New Jersey ID

For bartenders, doormen, waiters, waitresses, notaries, bank tellers, retail clerks, and any other people who must verify ID’s in a professional environment, the proliferation in fake ID creation and distribution is disturbing. In many scenarios, the person responsible for failing to recognize a forged ID takes on just as much, if not more, liability than the person possessing the forged document. That being said, it is absolutely vital that businesses needing to regularly verify the identity of their patrons or employees use the I.D. Checking Guide.

 

What the I.D. Checking Guide Includes:

  • 2016 Of 13 Index 502 A full page or more for each U.S. state and Canadian province identity card sample, showing driver’s licenses and ID cards, plus U.S. and Canadian territories.
  • 2016 Of 13 Index 502 Guidelines on standard New Jersey driver's license terms, term length, etc.
  • An explanation of where ghost images, holographic overlay, and microprinting elements should be found on valid New Jersey ID
  • An explanation of what the proper alphanumeric sequencing of a New Jersey ID or Driver's license should be (i.e how many letters, numbers, etc.)
  • Full details for past and current New Jersey driver's licenses in circulation.
  • "How to check driver’s licenses" techniques for training use.
 
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