Fake Identification Cards

Fake IDs and under 18s

                                                     
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A fake ID is one that doesn't belong to you, has been illegally made or changed (for example to make you look older).

It’s against the law to use a fake ID to buy alcohol, cigarettes or get into a pub, club or bar.

It’s against the law to use someone else’s ID, lend someone your ID or make a fake ID.

It’s also against the law to lie so that you can get a real ID (for example lying about your date of birth)

If you’re caught doing these things, you could be fined as much as $7,450!


What is a fake ID?

 

A ‘fake ID’ means an ID that: 

  • has been made illegally (for example you’ve created it on your computer);
  • has been scratched or altered in any way (like to make you seem older);
  • doesn’t actually belong to you (like a friend’s or brother’s ID).


What are the accepted forms of ID in the Northern Territory?

 

In the Northern Territory, you can prove your age using:

 

  • a driver’s licence; or
  • a passport; or
  • a proof of age card.

 

Are fake IDs illegal?

 

Yes. It’s against the law to use a fake ID to enter a pub, club, bar, or obtain alcohol or cigarettes.

If you are caught doing these things and you’re under 18, you can:

 

  • be asked to leave a bar, pub, club or other place selling alcohol;
  • have your ID confiscated;
  • be given a warning;
  • be fined $298 on the spot by police;  or
  • be charged and fined up to $7,450 if you’re found guilty by a court. 



What about if I just tell a lie to get into a pub, club or bar?


It’s also against the law if you lie about your age to try and get into a pub, club or bar. This means that you can’t tell someone (verbally) that you are over 18 even if you don’t have a fake ID.

It’s also against the law if you don’t give the police your name, address and date of birth if they suspect you are under 18 and trying get into licensed premises or buy alcohol or cigarettes. You can be fined up to $596 on the spot. For more information on your rights when talking to police, please visit our page on police interviews.

 

Can I use someone else’s ID?

 

No. It’s against the law to use someone else’s ID to get into a pub, club or bar, or buy alcohol. 

If you’re under 18 and you’re caught doing this, you could:


  • receive a warning from police;
  • receive an on the spot fine of $447;
  • be charged and fined $7,450 if you’re found guilty by a court.

 

Can I lend someone else my ID?

 

No.  It’s against the law to lend or give your ID to someone else.

If you’re under 18 and you’re caught doing this, you could:

 

  • receive a warning from police;
  • receive an on the spot fine of $447;
  • be charged and fined $7,450 if you’re found guilty by a court.

 

Is it illegal to make a fake ID?

 

Yes. It’s against the law to make a fake ID if you plan on using it to enter a bar or purchase alcohol.  This includes scratching, changing or forging an ID.

If you’re under 18 and caught doing this, you could: 

 

  • receive a warning from police;
  • receive an on the spot fine of up to $447;
  • be charged and fined up to $7,450 if you’re found guilty by a court. 

 

What if I lie to get ID?

 

It’s against the law to lie or give incorrect information to a government agency in order to get an ID.

If you’re under 18 and you’re caught doing this, you can: 

 

  • receive a warning from police;
  • get an on the spot fine of $298;
  • be charged and could be fined up to $7,450 if you’re found guilty!

 

Additional information
 

If you would like more detailed advice or have a specific problem, you can send us a Lawmail.

 

You are free to copy and use this fact sheet.

 

This page was last updated on 24 November 2014.