A KCCI investigation reveals that minors in Iowa can be able to find fake identification to buy alcohol or enter into bars.
Whether it be a brother, sister or fakeid, 20-year-old Kaitlyn Harward says if there’s a will there’s a means.
“You get to a house party or something that is first and also midnight, someone’s like ‘Alright, let’s go,’ and you go without having one, and once you get there there’s choice for you,” said Howard. “I feel a lot of times they do what’s called ‘pass backs’ on the bars.”
That means the same ID could be utilized to get several people into one bar in a night.
However, minors are going to new lengths to obtain their hands on high-tech very believable fake IDs. The technology is available online.
“Looking at the photos and everything, they search as real as what could be issued by their state agency,” said Jeff Hartschorn of the West Des Moines Police Department.
For about $100, everything’s correct such as the minor’s height, weight and address. The online businesses only changes the license number and last two digits from the minor’s birth year.
How do you know if the ID is real or perhaps a fake? Hartschorn said shine a black light into it. “On the fraudulent or fictitious ID, there’s no hologram.”
Nevertheless the problem doesn’t stop there. Minors could also pay extra, $200 or more, to acquire their Novelty ID be black light and scan-proof, rendering it extremely difficult for any individual to differentiate.
To 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 comes with another photograph on it. The background from the license is much more intricate. There’s more detail inside the background than it and also there’s some features which are tactile that you can feel: The signature I can feel, I could experience the date of birth through the photograph,” said Paul Steir in 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 a problem of fugitives, I am talking about anybody looking to hide their teslin id, trying to get into facilities. So it’s a really broad reaching good reason why the 59dexjpky government is even associated with tracking down folks that make counterfeits,” said Steir.
The latest driver’s license format was introduced during 2010, and Steir said the DOT is definitely working to make a new format.