Fake Identification Cards

 

QLD: What if I use a fake ID?

 

What is a fake ID?

In Queensland, you can prove your age using:

  • 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 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.

It is also illegal to:

·         have or make a fake Queensland driver licence or Queensland proof of age card;

·         lie or use false documents to get your licence or ID in the first place;

·         lend your ID to someone else, knowing they are going to try and use it as ID.

 

What if I use a fake ID?

Using any fake ID to buy alcohol or get into a pub, club or bar is a crime.2 If you are caught, the police will probably either caution you, or fine you $300 on the spot.

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.

Police and staff members at a pub, club or bar can confiscate the ID if they think it is fake.

 

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?

Giving 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.

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