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Fake Identification Cards

Fake IDs and under 18s


  •  A 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 ID?

In Tasmania, you can prove your age using:

  • a photographic driver’s licence; or
  • a passport; or
  • a photographic Tasmanian Government “personal information” card; or
  • a photographic “Keypass identification card”; or
  • a firearms license.

 

What is a fake ID?

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

  •  a fake ID that looks like a real ID (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 which belongs to someone else (like a friend’s or sibling’s ID).

 

Can I use a fake ID?

No. 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?

It’s against the law to use a fake ID to enter a pub, club, bar or obtain alcohol.  The person who suspects that you are using a fake ID can also take the ID from you and give it to police. 

If you are caught using a fake ID and you’re under 18, you can:

  • be asked to leave the venue immediately and not return;
  • have the ID confiscated and destroyed (if it’s fake), returned to its correct owner (if it’s not yours), or given back to you if it is in fact yours.  
  • be given an informal caution.  If it is the first time you have been in trouble with police it is likely that you will be issued with an informal caution. An informal caution will be recorded but should not appear on your criminal record.
  • be given a formal caution. If you received a formal caution you may also be required to complete up to 35 hours of community service. This kind of formal caution will be recorded.
  • be charged, and if you’re found guilty by a court have to pay a large fine:

o   if you’re 17 or above, $1400;

o   if you’re 15 or 16, $700;  or

o   if you’re younger than 15, $280.

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.  If you’re under 18, you can be charged and if found guilty by a court, have to pay a fine of:

o   $7000, if you’re 17 or above;

o   $700, if you’re 15 or 16;   or

o   $280; if you’re younger than 15.

For more information on your rights when talking to police, please visit our page on police interviews.


What if I’m over 18 and I lend my ID to someone who’s under 18? 

It is illegal to lend or give someone your ID who intends to use it as a fake. If you’re over 18 and you give your ID card to someone else, you could be charged and if you’re found guilty by a court, you’d have to pay as much as $5,600.

 

What if I make a fake ID?

It’s against the law to make a fake ID. Making a fake ID includes scratching, changing or forging an ID.  The law is particularly strict when it comes to making a fake driver’s licence. 

If you’re under 18 and you’re found to have made a fake ID, then you can:

  •  be given an informal caution.  If it is the first time you have been in trouble with police it is likely that you will be issued with an informal caution. An informal caution will be recorded but should not appear on your criminal record.
  • be given a formal caution. If you received a formal caution you may also be required to complete up to 35 hours of community service. This kind of formal caution will be recorded.
  • be charged, and if you’re found guilty by a court have to pay a large fine:

o   if you’re 17 or above, as much as $5600;

o   if you’re 15 or 16, as much as $700; or

o   if you’re younger than 15, as much as $280.

In the most serious cases, you can be sentenced to 6 months imprisonment if it’s the first time you’ve done this, or 12 months imprisonment if you’ve made fake IDs before. However, if it’s the first time you’ve made a fake ID, it’s more likely that the police would give you a formal caution.  

 

What if I lie to get ID? 

It is illegal to lie or give incorrect information in order to get a fake driver’s license. If you do this and you’re under 18, you can:

  • be given an informal caution.  If it’s the first time you have been in trouble with police, it is likely that you will be issued with an informal caution. An informal caution will be recorded but should not appear on your criminal record. 
  • be given a formal caution. If you received a formal caution you may also be required to complete up to 35 hours of community service. This kind of formal caution will be recorded.
  • be charged, and if you’re found guilty by a court have to pay a large fine:

o   if you’re 17 or above, as much as $5600;

o   if you’re 15 or 16, as much as $700;  or

o   if you’re younger than 15, as much as $280. 

 

Additional information 

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

 

You are free to copy and use this fact sheet.

 

This page was last updated on 24 November 2014.