Fake Identification Cards

Fake IDs and under 18s


  • A fake ID can include an imitation ID that looks like a real ID, a real ID that has been scratched, or a real ID that doesn’t belong to you.
  • If you do these things, you could be fined as much as $738!

 

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); or

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

 

What are the accepted forms of ID?

 

In Victoria, you can prove your age using:

 

  • a driver licence (from anywhere in Australia); or

  • a passport; or

  • a proof of age card (from anywhere in Australia).



What if I use a fake ID?

 

Using a fake ID to get alcohol or get into licensed premises:

It’s against the law to use a fake ID to try and enter a pub, club, or bar, or to purchase alcohol.  If you’re under 18 and you’re caught doing this, you could be:

 

  • given a warning or caution; or

  • fined $221 on the spot; or

  • be convicted by a court and have to pay as much as $738.05

 

In these cases, the fake ID can also be confiscated by police or the staff member (like a bouncer). If the item is a driver’s licence, they’re not allowed to confiscate it (but even if they confiscate a driver licence there will usually be nothing you can do about it).

The person who confiscates your ID must give it to the police.   If the ID is fake, it will either be destroyed, or returned to the person who owns it.   The police may keep it in their records about you.  If it is not fake, it must be returned to you within 28 days.


Can I lend my ID to someone else?

 

No.  It’s against the law to lend your Victorian driver’s licence to someone else if you know that they might use it for fraudulent purposes.    It’s also against the law to give any kind of ID to someone if you know or suspect they will use it to try and get into licensed premises, or obtain alcohol.

 

If you’re under 18 and you’re caught doing this, you can:

 

  • be give a warning or a caution; or

  • be convicted by a court and have to pay as much as $738.


Can I let someone else use my ID?

 

No.  It is against the law to let someone else use your ID to buy alcohol or get onto licensed premises.  If it’s a Victorian driver’s licence, it’s against the law to give it to anyone if you think they must use it fraudulently

If the person gets caught, the ID may be confiscated and not returned for up to 28 days.   The police may also ask the adult and the young person how the young person got hold of the 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, and you’re under 18, you may:

 

  • be given a warning or caution by the police;  or

  • be fined $295 on the spot by the police; or

  • be fined up to $738 if the case goes to court and you are convicted.

 

Can I make a fake ID?

 

No.  It’s against the law to make a fake ID, and this includes scratching, changing or forging an ID.  If you’re caught and you’re under 18, you could be:

 

  • given a warning or caution by police;

  • be fined $295 on the spot by the police; or

  • be convicted by a court and have to pay as much as $738.


What if I lie to get ID?

 

It’s against the law to lie to get a real ID, like a driver’s license or proof of age card.    If you’re caught and you’re under 18, you could be:

 

  • given a warning or caution by police; or

  • fined up $738 if convicted by a Court.

 

You are welcome to copy and use this fact sheet.

This page was last updated 17 November 2014.