Fake Identification Cards


 Fake IDs and under 17s



What is a fake ID?

 

A fake ID can mean a couple of things. It includes:

 

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


 

What are the accepted forms of ID in Queensland?

  

In Queensland, you can prove your age using:

 

  • a driver’s licence (from Queensland or interstate);
  • a passport (either Australian or overseas);
  • a proof of age card (from Queensland, or interstate).

 

Is it against the law to use a fake ID?

 

Yes.  It’s against the law to use any kind of fake ID, or lie about your age, to buy alcohol or get into a pub, club or bar.

If you’re under 17 and you’re caught using a fake ID to do these things, you can:

 

  • be asked to leave the place;
  • have the ID confiscated;
  • be given a caution;
  • fine you $330 on the spot; or
  • in rare cases, be charged and fined $2750 if you’re found guilty by a court.

 

If you use a fake Queensland driver’s licence or Queensland proof of age card to do these things, you will also be breaking the law just by having the fake ID on you.  If you’re caught and you’re under 17, you could be:

 

  • given a caution;
  • be charged and fined $4,400 by a court if you’re found guilty.

 

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 underage and trying to get into licensed premises or buy alcohol or cigarettes. You can be fined $110 on the spot.

 

Will I get into trouble if I lend my ID to someone else? 

 

Yes, generally. It’s against the law to give a licence or proof of age card to someone else if you know that they’re going to use it to break the law. If that person gets caught using your ID, 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 to do something illegal, like get into a pub, club or bar, you may:

 

  • be fined $550 on the spot by the police; or
  • be charged and fined up to $4,400 if the matter goes to court and you are found guilty.

 

Can I make a fake ID?


 

No.

It’s against the law to make a fake ID.  Making an ID includes scratching, changing or forging an ID.  If you’re under 17 and you’re caught making a fake ID, you can be:

 

  • given a warning;
  • fined $440 on the spot by police;
  • charged and fined $4,400 if found guilty 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 on a large scale, you will probably be cautioned or fined by the police.


 

 

What if I lie or give false information to get a real ID?

 

 

It’s against the law to give fake information to get your ID (like using fake documents or lying to the Department of Transportation & Main Roads) is illegal.  This includes both proof of age cards and driver licences.

 

If you’re under 17 and you’re caught doing this, you could be:

 

  • given a caution;
  • fined up to $660 on the spot;
  • charged and fined up to $6,600 if you’re found guilty by a court.

 

 

Still have a question?

 

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

 

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This page was last updated on 24 November 2014.