A KCCI investigation reveals that minors in Iowa are often able to get fake identification to get alcohol or get into bars.
Be it a brother, sister or teslin fake id, 20-year-old Kaitlyn Harward says if there’s a will there’s a way.
“You get to a property party or something that is first and also midnight, someone’s like ‘Alright, let’s go,’ and you also go without having one, and once you get there there’s one for you,” said Howard. “I do believe lots of times they actually do what’s called ‘pass backs’ at the bars.”
Which means a similar ID could be used to get several people into one bar in a night.
But now, minors will certainly new lengths to get their on the job high-tech very believable fake IDs. The technology is accessible online.
“Looking at the photos and the rest, they look as real as what can be issued by their state agency,” said Jeff Hartschorn from the West Des Moines Police Department.
For about $100, everything’s correct for example the minor’s height, weight and address. The internet businesses only changes the license number and last two digits in the minor’s birth year.
How can you tell if the ID is real or a fake? Hartschorn said shine a black light on it. “Around the fraudulent or fictitious ID, there’s no hologram.”
However the problem doesn’t stop there. Minors could also pay extra, $200 or higher, to acquire their scannable fake IDs be black light and scan-proof, so that it is nearly impossible 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 three to five years.
“Our newer style license is equipped with another photograph onto it. The background in the license is far more intricate. There’s more detail within the background from it and also there’s some features that happen to be tactile that you could feel: The signature I will feel, I could experience the birth date through the photograph,” said Paul Steir of the Iowa DOT.
But even with all the constant changes, Steir said the underlying issue goes beyond minors.
“It’s a concern of Homeland Security. It’s an issue of fugitives, I am talking about anybody seeking to hide their fake id cards, trying to get into facilities. So it’s a very broad reaching good reason why the 59dexjpky government is even involved with tracking down folks which make counterfeits,” said Steir.
The most recent driver’s license format was introduced during 2010, and Steir said the DOT is already working to make a new format.