Fake Identification Cards

 

NT: What if I use a fake ID?

 

What is a fake ID?

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

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

You are using a ‘fake ID’ when your ID:

  • has been made illegally;
  • 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).

 

Are they illegal?

It is against the law to:

  • use a fake ID (ie, to obtain alcohol, enter a bar or purchase cigarettes);
  • let someone else use your ID;
  • make a fake ID;
  • lie or give false information to get an ID.

 

What if I use a fake ID?

If you use a fake ID to enter a pub, club, bar, or obtain alcohol then you will be committing a crime.

The law says that you must not lie to someone stating that you are 18 or older in order to enter a pub, club or bar. This means that if you tell someone (verbally) that you are over 18, give them an ID that has been altered or an ID that doesn’t belong to you will be committing a crime.

If you are caught using a fake ID, you can:

  • be asked to leave a bar, pub, club or other place selling alcohol;
  • have your ID confiscated;
  • be given a warning or a caution;
  • be fined $282 on the spot by the police, if the ID is yours; or
  • be fined $443 on the spot by the police, if you have been using someone else's ID;
  • choose to have the matter decided by a court (which may fine you up to $7,500 if you are convicted).


What if someone else uses my ID?

If you lend or give your ID to someone else to use then you will be committing a crime. If the police believe that you have given your ID to a person under 18 then you may receive a caution, an on the spot fine of $282 or be charged and have to go to court. If you have to go to court the maximum penalty you can receive is $7,500.

 

What if I make a fake ID?

Making an ID includes scratching, changing or forging an ID in any way and is against the law.

Under Northern Territory law is it illegal to change an ID to make you appear older in order to purchase alcohol or enter a bar. If you do make a fake ID with the intention to use it to enter a bar or purchase alcohol and are caught then you may receive a caution, on the spot fine of $282 or be charged and have to go to court. If you have to go to court the maximum penalty you can receive is $7,500.

 

What if I lie to get ID?

Under Northern Territory law is it illegal to lie or give incorrect information in order to get a fake ID for yourself or another person. If you do this and are caught you may receive a caution, on the spot fine of $282 or be charged and have to go to court. If you have to go to court the maximum penalty you can receive is $7,500.

 

**The content on this page was last updated on 28 August 2012