Materials Print Print The Prevalence of Fake ID’s in Virginia
The United States is facing a serious problem with the rising prevalence and proliferation of fake identification cards across the country. This issue goes far beyond teenagers trying to pass of fake drivers license to get into the local dive bar; 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 Virginia. As the stories below show, fake identification has been highlighted in several recent events statewide:
- In 2013, a major fake ID manufacturing operation was broken up when the three individuals behind the enterprise were arrested and charged with a litany of crimes. When police raided the base of their operations, an affluent home in Charlottesville, they recovered $2.5 million in cash, printers, and other materials they used to make and distribute nearly 20,000 fake ID’s over the course of several years.
- A routine traffic stop in Richmond resulted in a man being charged with two counts of identity theft, among other crimes. Police approached the man while he was changing a flat tire and suspected that he was under the influence at that time. The man the produced and showed the officers fraudulent identification.
The Penalties for Fake ID possession in Virginia
In Virginia, if you are caught in possession of, using, or selling a false form of identification, such as a fake ID, you will be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor. A Class 1 misdemeanor is punishable by a jail sentence up to 12 months in length, and fines up to $2,500. Additionally, you may have your drivers license revoked for up to 12 months and be required to perform at least 50 hours of community service.
How to Spot a Fake Virginia 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.
Materials Print Print What the I.D. Checking Guide Includes:
- 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.
- Guidelines on standard Virginia driver's license terms, term length, etc.
- An explanation of where ghost images, UV elements, and other security features should be found on valid Virginia ID
- An explanation of what the proper alphanumeric sequencing of a Virginia ID or Driver's license should be (i.e how many letters, numbers, etc.)
- Full details for past and current Virginia driver's licenses in circulation.
- Materials Print Print "How to check driver’s licenses" techniques for training use.