25 Simple Ways To Tell If An ID Is FAKE

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Have you ever wondered how to spot a fake ID?

Whether you're a bouncer, liquor store owner, or you work in security, you need to know

how to spot a fake ID.

Plenty of fake IDs are poorly made and easy to spot.

However, don't get cocky.

Counterfeiters are more crafty than ever.

With new technology and sophisticated techniques, they've kept up with the latest security measures

and fooled the experts.

But, even with the upgraded fake IDs, there are plenty of simple ways to spot the fake

from the real.

I'm Mike with List25 and Here are 25 Simple Ways To Tell If An ID Is Fake.


Look for the Real ID When the person reaches for their ID in their

wallet or purse, be extra careful to see if you can spot their real ID hanging out in

a pocket somewhere.

Sometimes they even will hand over their real ID on accident.


Check Body Language Most people can have the best fake ID, but

their body language will give themselves away.

If they show signs of being nervous, like weird eye contact, ask them their address,

and they might get even more uncomfortable.


Horoscope It's not foolproof, but if you have doubts

the ID is real, then ask the person what their horoscope sign is based on the birth date

of the card.


Compare the ID with Another If you have a valid copy of an ID on hand,

you can compare it to the one you're given to ensure it's valid.

For instance, if the ID they gave you is thinner than the real one, that's usually a red flag

it's a fake.


Check Grammar Believe it or not, many fake IDs still get

basic grammar wrong and could misspell a state abbreviation or address.

So, keep a sharp eye out for those mistakes.


Compare the Photo While people may change hairstyles, get earrings,

or wear a new pair of glasses, generally they should look the same as their photo.

Look for things that don't change much like nose, ears, eyes, eyebrows, and chin.


Look at the Description Other than checking to see if the person matches

the photo, it's not a bad idea to check the description information, such as eye color

and hair color.


Most Used States The most faked IDs in the United States are

Florida, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Illinois.

If you ever see these IDs, especially if they're out-of-state, immediately be skeptical and

check for the quick and easy signs that it's fake.


Height and Weight Look at the height and weight of the card

and see if they come close to that description.

If they look substantially off from what is on the card, you can ask them what their height

and weight is.

If the information they give you plus their description doesn't match up, then it's likely

a fake.


Signature Real IDs never have a good looking signature.

They're usually a couple of line squiggles because it's so hard to write on the digital

pad they make you use.

So, if the ID has a signature that's too perfect, like a font used in Microsoft Word, then it's

definitely a fake.


Watch for Patterns Often lots of teenagers will buy fake IDs

in large batches with the same state.

If a ton of teenage girls from Hawaii are trying to get into a New York club, you'll

want to take a closer look at their IDs because the likelihood of that is very rare.


Laser Perforation Most state IDs have laser perforation where

the laser makes tiny holes to form an image.

Usually, the image is of the state it's from.

You can only see the image if you hold it up to a light.

So when you hold up a flashlight to the card and the laser perforation doesn't show up,

it's a fake.


Laser Image on Back On the back of some state IDs, there should

be a laser engraved image that you can see if you tilt the ID back and forth.

Not all have it, but it's a good thing to check regardless.


Fine-line Patterns Some IDs will have fine-line patterns that

will often go in a wavy motion.

States like Vermont use this for security, so you'll have to remember which states use

this for verification.


Thick Photo Run your thumb across the photo image.

If it feels thick, bumpy, or has an edge, then they likely pasted a new image overtop

of the real image.


Ghost Image Some IDs will have a ghost image of the existing

photo off to the side of the larger photo.

Obviously, if that ghost image isn't the same as the larger image, something is up.

Not all IDs, of course, have that ghost image.


Overlay Many real IDs will have an ultra-thin layering

over the card that acts as a protective coating and an extra layer of security.

Flash a light on it and you'll see it.

As an example, the state of Ohio uses this overlay.


Blurred Lettering Counterfeiters may be able to make the front

look perfect but often just photocopy the back.

Flip the card over and check for blurred lettering or signs of a photocopy.


UV Light Some state IDs have hidden images and features

only visible with UV light.

Flash a UV light over the card and you can quickly detect if the image is present or


If it doesn't show up, there's a likelihood it's fake.


Rainbow Printing Some states like Minnesota have rainbow printing

on their driver's license IDs.

This printing is a controlled color shift in a linear fashion across the card.

If it doesn't show this color shift, it's likely not a real ID.


Barcode With your smartphone, there are now apps available

to scan the ID's barcode.

This will immediately give you the information of the card or tell you if it's a fake.


Microprint With more sophisticated technology, counterfeiters

have been able to make very realistic looking IDs.

In turn, states have been using microprint to verify if an ID is real or not.

It's tricky to detect, but if you have a small pocket magnifying glass on hand, you can quickly

see if the microprint is visible.


Tactile Laser Engraving Some IDs, like New York State IDs, will have

tactile laser engraving.

Just run your thumb across the lettering on the ID number, birth date, and signature,

and you should be able to feel it.


Polycarbonate Material Many IDs today are being made out of a special

material to distinguish itself from fakes.

In New York, their IDs are made of polycarbonate material.

If you drop it on a hard surface, it'll make a unique metallic sound.


Use the FEAR Method Okay, I'll be honest, that was a lot to remember.

When in doubt, you can follow these simple guidelines that the state of Pennsylvania

calls the FEAR method.


Feel for glue lines, bumpy surfaces, or pin holes.


Examine for holograms or lettering on the reverse side.


Ask about basic information on the card.


Return it if you're satisfied they met the requirements.

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