Fake Identification Cards
SA: What if I use a fake ID?
What is a fake ID?
In South Australia, you can prove your age using:
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 (i.e. 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 the police, the owner or staff of a pub, club or bar suspect that you are under 18 they may ask you to provide them with ID. Generally the staff of a pub, club or bar are not allowed to confiscate your ID. However, if the staff believe that you are not over 18 years or age and you do not leave the pub, club or bar it is likely that they will hold onto your ID until police come. If the police find that your ID is fake then they may:
- Issue an informal caution;
- Issue a formal caution; or
- Charge you with a crime.
If it is the first time you have been in trouble with police it is likely that you will be issued with an informal or formal caution. See our Warnings and Formal Cautions page for further information on cautions.
What if someone else uses my ID?
Under South Australian law lending or giving someone your ID to use as a fake ID (e.g. to get into a bar or purchase cigarettes) is illegal. If you have given your ID to someone else knowing that they would use it as a fake ID it is possible you will also be cautioned or charged by police. If you are charged you will need to go to court and could be fined up to $2,500.
What if I make a fake ID?
Making a fake ID is illegal. There are many things that may be considered “making” a fake ID, including scratching, changing or forging an ID. The law is very strict about making fake ID’s using a driver’s licence. Even if you did not personally make it, simply having a fake ID made from a driver’s licence may result in you being charged by police and having to attend court. If you have to go to court the maximum penalty you can receive is $2,500.
If police do not wish to charge you then they may instead decide to give you either an informal or formal caution.
What if I lie to get ID?
It is illegal to lie or give incorrect information when applying for a driver’s licence. If you this then you can be cautioned or charged with a crime and have to go to court. If you have to go to court the maximum penalty you can receive is $2,500.