A KCCI investigation reveals that minors in Iowa are easily able to get fake identification to acquire alcohol or end up in bars.
Whether it is a brother, sister or buy fake id, 20-year-old Kaitlyn Harward says if there’s a will there’s a way.
“You visit a home party or something first and through midnight, someone’s like ‘Alright, let’s go,’ so you go without having one, and once you will get there there’s one for you,” said Howard. “I think a great deal of times they generally do what’s called ‘pass backs’ with the bars.”
Which means the identical ID could be utilized to get several people into one bar in one night.
But now, minors are going to new lengths to have their on the job high-tech very believable fake IDs. The technology is available online.
“Studying the photos and everything else, they look as real as what might be issued by the state agency,” said Jeff Hartschorn from the West Des Moines Police Department.
For roughly $100, everything’s correct including the minor’s height, weight and address. The online businesses only changes the license number and last two digits of the minor’s birth year.
How can you determine if the ID is real or a fake? Hartschorn said shine a black light on it. “About the fraudulent or fictitious ID, there’s no hologram.”
Although the problem doesn’t stop there. Minors may also pay extra, $200 or higher, to obtain their Novelty ID be black light and scan-proof, which makes it extremely hard for anybody to differentiate.
To really make it harder to mimic the advanced fake IDs, the Iowa Department of Transportation changes driver’s license formats every 3 to 5 years.
“Our newer style license does have another photograph into it. The background in the license is a lot more intricate. There’s more detail inside the background than it plus there’s some features which are tactile that you can feel: The signature I will feel, I will feel the date of birth with the photograph,” said Paul Steir of the Iowa DOT.
But even with all the current constant changes, Steir said the actual issue goes beyond minors.
“It’s an issue of Homeland Security. It’s an issue of fugitives, I mean anybody looking to hide their Holograms fake id, looking to get into facilities. So it’s a very broad reaching reason why the 59dexjpky government is even involved in tracking down folks that will make counterfeits,” said Steir.
The most recent driver’s license format was launched in 2010, and Steir said the DOT has already been working to make a brand new format.