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Bouncer Insight： How To Spot A Fake ID
Living in a college town means students, students mean underage, underage means fake ID. Your first two years of college you are underage and it sucks. But most people try to beat the system and get a fake ID. But how good is your fake ID really? Here is some mistakes rookies commonly make when purchasing theirs first fake ID and how to spot a fake ID.
If you are going to order a fake ID from China King or ID King or whatever they’re calling themselves now, DO NOT order a Florida, Pennsylvania, Connecticut or Illinois ID. These are the most commonly ordered fake IDs and bouncers know it. Also don’t get the state that you live in because bouncers or bartenders look at that state ID all day every day and even if the slightest thing is wrong on your fake they will immediately notice.
Don’t even think about getting a fake ID if you don’t have a second form ready for backup. Underage people want to order IDs and use fake names but when you get asked for a second form, you’re screwed. Your ID will get taken and you better pray there isn’t a cop next to the bouncer.
When you feel your real ID it is thick, like a credit card, make sure your fake is the same thickness too. Flimsy IDs are an obvious give away that the ID isn’t real. Sometimes it’s worth spending the few extra bucks to make sure you have a quality ID.
You know how the DMV always takes the shittest picture ever? Well if your fake ID looks like a selfie you took Friday night before you went to the club, your ID Is fake. If you have shadows under your eyes or around your body, your ID is fake. Fake as shit.
This is probably the easiest way to identify a fake ID. If you don’t have a hologram on your fake ID then just go home because there is no way in hell you are getting in the club. When the bouncers move your ID around a little and it is dull with no hologram, then you’re screwed.
Confidence is key with fake IDs .If you keep looking around or start sweating, you look/are guilty and everyone knows it.. If you act guilty, chances are you’re doing something you’re not supposed to be doing.
At gas stations and grocery stores they scan your ID at the check-out. If you have a cheap shitty fake ID, you will get denied and it’s going to be embarrassing. The cashier might even take your ID. Don’t even try going to grocery stores until you’re actually 21 because it’s too sketchy.
A rookie mistake, the font. No one’s signature looks good on a driver’s license so if you have some Microsoft word script font signature, that’s a red flag. Do it the old school way and sign a white sheet of printer paper and upload that, instead of trying to make it look too perfect.
An ID that is a piece of paper that has been laminated is obviously fake. If your ID looks or feels fake, don’t use it. Worried your ID won’t get you in the club because it’s not A1? Don’t use it, you’re probably right. If you have to question if your ID will work, then it won’t.
If all your friends have Florida IDs and you have a Pennsylvania one, you’re standing out and drawing unwanted attention to yourself. Being the odd man out is raises suspicions, shit isn’t adding up. Same goes for if you and all your friends have different state IDs, I mean what are the chances your whole friend group is from 10 different states? Yeah, slim to none.
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How to spot a good fake ID
One of my favorite things in the world is the very specific, strange competencies that people develop over the course of a job. Carpenters might be able to estimate the length of anything just by looking at it, architects might be able to quickly sketch a remarkably accurate picture from memory, etc.
This post comes from one of those specific competencies. One of my friends in Boston is a bouncer at a busy bar. From his job, he’s gotten very good at spotting fake IDs.
This isn’t a skill a lot of people think about. Even bars don’t often think much about it. Most bars just employ a pretty cursory check of fake IDs: bend the ID to make sure it’s made from proper card stock, try to peel back the edges, check the picture against the person, and maybe quiz the person on their address. If they have the capability, the bars might try scanning the IDs as well, and see if the scan matches.
All of these are good for spotting bad fake IDs. They are not useful for spotting good fake IDs.
Good fake IDs will use the same card stock as real IDs. Their laminates won’t be able to be peeled back. Their photos will be photos that the person took themselves. Their data will be the actual data that the person inputted themselves, and the ID will be scannable. It’ll show that exact same ID’s data.
In order to spot a good fake ID, you have to be more clever than that.
Here’s how you do it.
Feel the edge of your actual driver’s license. You’ll notice it’s smooth with rounded corners. This is because your ID is laser cut.
The edge of my real ID. It’s smooth to the touch.
The edges of a fake ID might be rough, or have little threads. This is the sign of a hand cut or machine cut ID. These are fake.
The edge of a fake ID. It’s rough to the touch, as those little bumps and edges snag your fingertips.
Laminate on hard plastic is difficult to do correctly. Fake IDs have come along way since the days where it’d just be glue-on laminate, but that doesn’t meant the laminate is perfect.
On your real ID, the laminate is almost unnoticeable, except for a slight glossy sheen. It ends at the end of the card, although if you look very closely at the edge of the card you can see two or three layers: the laminate, the card stock, and possibly another layer of laminate.
My real ID. The laminate sandwiches the cardstock, but it’s almost unnoticeable.
On fake IDs, the laminate is often not so well stuck on. The laminate gets folds or dirt underneath it, especially around the edges. It also frequently pokes a tiny bit beyond the edges, which you can see if you flash a light directly on the edges.
The dirt has gotten underneath this cheap laminate.
Even if the laminate is stuck on correctly, it’s difficult for fake ID manufacturers to get the same kind of laminate as real ID manufacturers. They use substitutes, which are often far too reflective. You can often see this extreme reflectivity on fake passports, too.
The reflectivity on this fake passport is blinding. When I held it under a strong light, it was impossible to read.
There are a few parts of your ID that have raised and indented lettering. In my Massachusetts ID, my birthdate in the bottom right is raised, and my initials and birthyear under my photo are indented.
This is difficult and expensive to do. Cheaper ID manufacturers might try to cheat it, especially the indented lettering. They’ll just skip the indent, making the letters in line with the rest of the card stock. You’ll be able to feel it with your fingers.
It’s especially difficult to have colored, raised lettering. Fake ID manufacturers struggle coloring the lettering in fully, leaving spots or speckles on the lettering.
Note the weird “3D” effect on the right of each raised number, caused by non-fully colored in numbers.
Holograms used to be a premium security feature on IDs. Unfortunately, that’s no longer the case. Most fake ID manufacturers have no problems with holograms.
However, they’ll still cheap out on the quality of the hologram. For example, on my Massachusetts license, there’s a hologram of a bird. It has a few features which are very difficult for a fake ID manufacturer to copy: a small cut-out eye, tiny lettering reading “Massachusetts”, and my initials and birth year embedded within it.
You should be able to tell that this is an applied, 3 dimensional hologram. The bird has a tiny cut-out eye.
It’s rare that a fake ID manufacturer will be able to copy that quality of hologram directly. So they’ll try to cheat. They might just print the hologram directly on the card stock, hoping people don’t realize that it’s not raised at all. Or, they might give up on cutting out the eye.
This hologram is just printed on, rather than applied.
Regardless, if you’re familiar with the look of the proper hologram, especially the way in which the hologram is raised and separate from the card itself, you’ll have no problem spotting when a fake ID manufacturer gives up on it.
Fake ID manufacturers are in the business of producing fake IDs good enough that an overworked bouncer or college kid who just spent his last $100 is satisfied.
What do both of those groups have in common? They really check the front of the ID, and skim the back.
Fake ID manufacturers know this. So they’ll often cheap out on the letters on the back. Unlike the letters on the front, the lettering on the back might be misaligned, speckled, or running together.
What happened to the comma and that t? There was a collision!
Another very common security feature is the laser punch. It’s easier to see if you look at the back of your ID. You’ll notice tiny little holes, probably in the shape of your state.
This is the shape of Massachusetts. These are very small, closely put together holes.
To make clean, lined-up holes, you need an expensive laser. As you’ve probably figured out by now, that’s not something fake ID manufacturers tend to have.
So, they do their best with machine punching. This results in poorly lined up holes that might look messy or a bit scarred.
These holes run into each other and the spacing seems entirely random.
Do you remember when you got your photo taken for your license? They made you stand in front of a blank background. There was strong, direct light on your face, then they took a high quality photo.
This is my ID photo. Note the very dark shadows underneath my jaw and behind my ears because of the strong, direct lighting.
This is not how people take fake ID photos. Their friends use their camera phone to take a photo in front of a blank wall. Then the fake ID manufacturers photoshop the photo onto the ID.
So, in a fake ID photo, there may be artifacts left over from the photoshop, like around the edges of the hair. There will likely not be shadows from strong, direct light. The photo may be poor quality or fuzzy.
Fake IDs are better than ever before, driven largely the symbiotic needs of 19 year olds to drink in bars and American cities to fine bars for underage drinking. This is likely problematic, because it also means that non-underage drinking criminals also have access to incredibly high quality fake IDs.
But, these fake IDs are not perfect. Even if you’re unfamiliar with the look of an individual state ID or national passport, you can still spot a fake one. You just have to look closely.
Visually Catching a Fake ID
If I don’t have a scanner, how hard is it?
Just how hard is it to visually spot a Fake ID? They come in many forms: borrowed IDs, fake IDs and altered IDs. Here we will discuss all of the checks needed to inspect an ID for authenticity.
The easiest way people get away with fakes is to use a different state’s ID. The person checking the ID would not be aware if the ID is not up to standards if it is out of state, therefore not realizing it is a fake. To combat this, businesses should keep a record of each state’s past and present ID formats.
With borrowed IDs, it is very common that the user will not match the person on the ID. To combat this a few things need to be checked.
Photo – Do they appear to be the same?Height, weight, age, eye color – Does the description match the person? Expiration date – Is the ID expired? Look for the “DUPL” stamp – Is this a duplicate? Do they know the information – Can they verify personal data? Have them sign – Do the signatures match? This is important because fake IDs commonly have trouble with holograms, as they are very hard to recreate without the proper equipment. In order to check for them, a person must move the ID in all directions, seeing how the top catches the light. There should never be an ID that has all of its holograms visible at once, even with light shining on it. These holograms are designed to go in and out.
Altered IDs were once a real ID and typically changed to a different age. Generally, this would mean that there are raised ridges or shiny spots over the date of birth or “Under Until” dates. There could also be differences in font type and color. To ensure that the ID has not been tampered with the ID must be properly scanned visually and physically.
Fake IDs are often made with different materials or in different ways, which causes them to act differently than a real ID. There are a few checks that need to be done to ensure the material and other general formatting is accurate.
Bend the ID – if it unravels or buckles it is a fake. Check the edges – they should be round and unable to peel. Feel the density of the ID – as all IDs have the same weight and thickness.Check the back of the ID – as fakes are not always made with the back design in high priority. Body language is often a major tell of a person trying to use a fake, altered or borrowed ID. While performing these checks a person must also take note of the customer. If they are avoiding eye contact, getting stiff, distracting with conversation or using unusual body language, they might be presenting a fake. It is important to be aware of the customers behavior as it can sometimes help inform the clerk, bouncer or bartender of a person using a fake ID.
Liquor licenses are expensive and often take a long time to obtain. It is always a high priority for a business serving liquor to protect their license, yet most businesses still rely on a visual check. This not only raises the margin for human error but also holds up the line and slows down business. Visually checking IDs is not the most efficient, or even accurate way to catch fake, altered, or borrowed IDs.
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