Australia - Fake IDs and under 18s
fake ID is one that doesn’t belong to you, has been illegally made or changed
(for example to make you look older).
What is a fake ID?
A ‘fake ID’ can mean a couple of
things. It includes:
fake ID that looks like a real ID (for example, you’ve created it on your
real ID that has been scratched or altered in any way (like to make you seem
real ID which belongs to someone else (like a friend’s or sibling’s ID).
What are the accepted forms of ID in South Australia?
In South Australia, you can
prove your age using:
driver licence (from SA or interstate); or
proof of age card (from SA or interstate); or
passport from any country; or
photographic Keypass card.
Are fake IDs illegal?
Yes. It is
against the law to:
a fake ID (i.e. to obtain alcohol, enter a bar or purchase cigarettes);
someone else use your ID;
or give false information to get an ID.
What happens if I use a fake ID?
It’s against the law to a
fake ID or even just lie about your age to try and enter a pub, club or bar, or
to buy alcohol or cigarettes. If you are caught doing these things and
you’re under 18, you can:
asked to leave the pub, club or bar;
given an informal caution; or
given a formal caution which is recorded; or
charged and if have to pay a fine of up to $2,500 if found guilty by a court.
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.
It’s also against the law if you
don’t give the police your name, address and date of birth. They are legally allowed to ask you for this if
they suspect you are under 18 and trying to get into licensed premises or buy
alcohol or cigarettes. If you don’t
give them your details, then you could be fined up to $1,250. For more information on your rights when
talking to police, please visit our page on police interviews.
Finally, 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
Can I lend my ID to someone else?
It’s against the law to give
your ID to someone else so that they can use it as a fake ID (e.g. to get into
a bar or purchase cigarettes). If you’re
over 18 and you’ve given your ID to someone else knowing that they would use it
as a fake ID, you could be charged with a crime and have to pay a fine of up to
$2,500 if you’re found guilty by a court.
Can 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.
If you’re caught with a scratched driver’s licence, you could be:
a formal caution; or
with a crime and fined up to $2,500 if you’re found guilty by a court.
What if I lie to get ID?
It’s against the law to lie about
your age when applying for a driver’s licence or proof of age card. If you’re caught doing this and you’re under
18, you can get in serious trouble including:
fine of up to $2,500 if you are charged and 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 28 November 2014.