A KCCI investigation reveals that minors in Iowa are easily able to find fake identification to acquire alcohol or end up in bars.
Be it a brother, sister or teslin fake id, 20-year-old Kaitlyn Harward says if there’s a will there’s an easy method.
“You get to a house party or something first and also by midnight, someone’s like ‘Alright, let’s go,’ and you go without even having one, and once you obtain there there’s choice for you,” said Howard. “I do believe a lot of times they actually do what’s called ‘pass backs’ in the bars.”
That means the same ID could be used to get several people into one bar in a single night.
However right now, minors will certainly new lengths to get their hands on high-tech very believable fake IDs. The technology is offered online.
“Looking at the photos and anything else, they search as real as what can be issued by their state agency,” said Jeff Hartschorn from the West Des Moines Police Department.
For approximately $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 of your minor’s birth year.
How will you determine if the ID is real or possibly a fake? Hartschorn said shine a black light upon it. “In the fraudulent or fictitious ID, there’s no hologram.”
However the problem doesn’t stop there. Minors could also pay extra, $200 or even more, to get their Novelty ID be black light and scan-proof, making it extremely difficult for everyone to tell the difference.
So it will be 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 is equipped with another photograph into it. The background of the license is much more intricate. There’s more detail within the background from it as well as there’s some features that happen to be tactile you could feel: The signature I can feel, I can experience the birth date by the photograph,” said Paul Steir of the Iowa DOT.
But even with all the constant changes, Steir said the actual issue goes beyond minors.
“It’s a concern of Homeland Security. It’s a concern of fugitives, I am talking about anybody seeking to hide their teslin id, looking to get into facilities. So it’s a very broad reaching good reason that the 59dexjpky government is even involved in tracking down folks that will make counterfeits,” said Steir.
The most recent driver’s license format was published during 2010, and Steir said the DOT is working to create a fresh format.