Offenses involving false identification or misuse of identification apply to student IDs, driver licenses issued by any state or country, ID cards issued by any state or country, and other documents which might be used to prove identity, address or age.
Common offenses include:
Using Invalid License or ID
If you alter of your own driver license or DMV-issued ID, or the license or ID of another to show incorrect age, you could be prosecuted for this offense. Possession of an altered license or ID card is enough to be charged with this crime.
Permitting Misuse of License or ID
If you lend your driver license or DMV-issued ID to another in order to obtain alcohol or entry to drinking establishments you could be prosecuted even if the friend you loaned your license to never even used it.
Using Another’s License or ID
If you display someone else’s driver license or DMV-issued ID to obtain alcohol or entry to drinking establishment, you could be prosecuted.
Unlawful Production of License or ID Card
If you unlawfully manufacture or sell a fake driver license or ID, you could be charged.
False Swearing/False Application/Forgery
If you present another’s identification to DMV to obtain a license or ID card that shows incorrect name, date of birth or address information.
Misrepresentation of Age by a Minor
If you misrepresent your age to gain entry to drinking establishments, even if you don’t consume alcohol inside, you could be charged with an offense. The misrepresentation could be verbal, written (such as a certified statement of age) or by presentation of any type of identification card, whether or not issued by a DMV.
Holding Multiple Licenses or ID Cards
If you apply to DMV for a duplicate license or ID, whether or not you lend your original license or DMV-issued ID to another, you could be charged.
Giving False Info to Police Officer/Police Officer Issuing Citation
If you misrepresent your name, address or age to a police officer verbally, or by presenting a borrowed, fake or altered driver license or ID card, you could be charged.
Most of these offenses are Class A Misdemeanor crimes, punishable by up to $6,250 or one year in jail, or both. However, several unfortunate students have been prosecuted for Forgery (the act of signing your friend’s name on a DMV license or ID application using your friend’s birth certificate). This type of Forgery is a felony, punishable by up to $125,000 fine, 5 years in jail, or both.