If you're going to make a phony ID, it's generally a good idea to choose a fictitious name. You should be aware that doing so may be a felony. If you are discovered with a false ID in California, your driver's license may be suspended for up to a year.
However, if your goal is to conceal your identity, a fictitious name may be the best option for you. There have been cases where people have used the names of friends or family members as IDs. This can be dangerous because if someone is found with an invalid ID, they could be denied entry to a nightclub, bar, or casino. The person would not know they were being denied entry until they went to the door and was told they could not enter because their ID was not valid. At this point, they might give away your true identity by saying something like, "That's not my name." Or worse, they might report you to police or your school administration if you're still in high school or college.
In conclusion, putting your real name on a false ID is not recommended unless you want everyone who sees your ID to know your true identity.
Possessing or displaying a forged ID for the purpose of misleading or defrauding another person is a felony under California Penal Code 470b PC. This is a wobbler crime, which means prosecutors have the option of charging it as a misdemeanor or a felony. If convicted of this type of offense, you could face serious consequences, such as deportation and/or incarceration.
In addition to false identification documents used for fraudulent purposes, California law also prohibits certain types of imitation security devices. For example, California law prohibits manufacturing counterfeit currency or coins that appear to be legal tender. These items include bills that falsely claim to be "Federal Reserve Notes" or "Benjamins." The law also includes molded plastic pieces that resemble $5 and $10 bills but are not accepted by real money registers. Finally, California law prohibits producing or possessing materials intended for use in counterfeiting credit card numbers or personal information.
Because identity theft is so common today, many people assume that everyone knows what a fake ID is and that they should be treated no differently than someone who possesses alcohol with no ID. However, because of the serious nature of this crime, we need to remind people that producing a fake ID is itself a criminal offense. Prosecutors can charge anyone who makes an ID that does not belong to them with a crime. In addition, there are laws that protect victims of identity theft from being wrongfully held responsible for crimes committed with their identities.
The penalties for holding a false ID vary by state, but the most frequent include being charged with a misdemeanor (a felony in certain jurisdictions), losing your driver's license, paying a substantial fine, or even doing time in jail. In some cases, holding a false ID is also a crime under the federal False Identification Act of 1968.
Using a fake ID is risky business. The laws are changing all the time, so check with your local police department to make sure what you're doing isn't illegal where you live and don't put yourself or others in danger by using this method to get drunk or do drugs.
The maximum term is three years in prison or imprisonment.
Making a false ID is also a felony under California law. However, the penalty varies depending on what type of ID was violated. For example, if a driver's license was falsified, the offense could be a misdemeanor or a felony. Otherwise, all crimes against public safety officers may be charged as felonies. Maximum penalties range from one year in jail and three years of probation, at a minimum prison sentence of 16 months.
The crime of perjury involves giving false testimony under oath. So, by definition, lying on an ID is also perjury. However, the penalty for perjury depends on how serious the lie was and who was lied about. If the false information related to a matter of public interest, such as one's address or date of birth, then the offender can be sentenced to up to six months in county jail. Otherwise, the penalty ranges from a fine to five years imprisonment.
Using someone else's identification document without their permission is theft. However, because most IDs contain only your name and other basic personal information, they aren't considered valuable enough to be reported to police if they are lost or stolen.
Making a phony ID is far worse than simply using one. If you create your own fake or create ones for pals, you will be charged with forging, which is a considerably more severe violation than possession of a forged item. The penalty for forgery varies depending on the type of identification being copied and whether it is a first offense. For example, if you were to copy your friend's driver's license and use it to buy alcohol, you would be arrested for unlawful possession of a forged document but also could be charged with forgery.
The crime of forgery includes making false statements in order to obtain money, goods, services or any other thing of value. Because counterfeit IDs can be used to fraudulently acquire alcohol, they are considered forgeries under this definition. Forging documents that include photographs is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Forging documents without photographic images is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 18 months in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.
Make sure to check with your local police department to find out what laws apply where you live. Also make sure the person who provides his or her ID to you has a valid form of identification. If not, you should refuse to give them money or allow them to purchase items until they can provide proper proof of identity.