Fake Identification Cards
QLD: What if I use a fake ID?
What is a
- a driver licence; or
- a passport; or
- a proof
of age card (from Queensland, or another Australian state or territory).
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 also illegal to:
What if I use a fake ID?
If the fake ID is a forged or scratched Queensland proof of age card or Queensland driver licence, you are also breaking the law by having it in the first place. You could be cautioned by the police, or fined up to $4,000 by a court.
What if someone else uses my ID?
It is against the law to let someone else use your Queensland proof of age card or Queensland driver licence to buy alcohol or get into a bar by pretending it belongs to them. If that person gets caught, the police may ask both of you how that person got hold of your ID.
If the police find out that you gave your ID to someone else and you knew they were going to pretend it was theirs, you may:
- be given a warning or caution by the police; or
- be fined $500 on the spot by the police; or
- be fined up to $4,000 if the matter goes to court and you are convicted.
What if I make a fake ID?
Making an ID includes scratching, changing or forging an ID, and is against the law. You could be warned, cautioned, fined $600 on the spot by the Police, or up to $4,000 if convicted by a court. As long as you haven’t been caught doing the same thing before, and you aren’t making and selling fake IDs, you will probably be cautioned or fined $600 by the Police.
What if I lie to get ID?
You could be fined anywhere from $300 by the Police for lying to get ID, up to $4,000 if convicted by a court.
**The content on this page was last updated on 28 August 2012