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Fake IDs are used in Georgia for several purposes including but not limited to buying alcohol by minors and committing financial fraud. Usually, sophisticated equipment is used to make counterfeit IDs currently circulating in Georgia. These are hard to spot by law enforcement. However, there are specific tells that officers can use to tell a fake Georgia ID apart from an authentic one.
A large number of fake ID services usually skip on one or more of these because of a variety of reasons ranging from the expensiveness of baking these features in the fraudulent IDs to the common perception that these aren’t checked properly. Laser-engraving all these details onto a bogus ID is pretty expensive.
The first few checks that law enforcement officers, bank tellers, HR professionals, car rental agents, college officers, etc. do are as follows:
If someone who can be easily pinpointed to be 20-ish in age shows an ID with a birthdate of 1970, then that’s an obvious lie. It might sound stupid, but an ever-increasing number of IDs getting caught in Georgia include this amateur mistake.
Physical appearance transcends the apparent age. For example, height is a common metric that can be used to tell apart counterfeit IDs in Georgia – if someone is close to 6’0” but the ID lists them as 5’2” then that’s another obvious fallacy that determines that the ID used is fake.
Typos in fake Georgia IDs are more common than one would imagine. Spelling mistakes in the common words written in a Georgia ID (such as Class, Rest, End, ISS, SEX, HGT, WGT, EYES, EXP) are, apart from being a major red flag, are a major occurrence as well.
A large number of IDs are not created as fake but tampered with to make them fake. This includes IDs that have a replaced photograph. In these cases, the image sticks out or feels thicker because of the added layer.
Just like all states, Georgia also has its specific set of watermarks and holograms. These are one of the first few things that officers will check. Watermarks are not only difficult to replicate, but they’re also hard to check. Officers in Georgia undergo routine training for spotting fakes and checking for watermarks is one of the initial steps.
Georgia has recently adopted new training and laws for combating the rising issue of fake IDs. The usage of these ids throughout the state has already been rising to unprecedented levels and it was an alarming concern. The recent changes in law include more robust training of the official staff to curb fake ID usage as well as the utilization of newer information channels to educate service providers and other non-government sources. Consequently, ID checks have grown pretty sophisticated in Georgia.
Apart from the illegal purchase of alcohol and financial fraud, fake licenses are used extensively on college and university campuses. Georgia has been pretty efficient in cracking down on certain types of fake ID usage. However, it’s very far from having a reliable and efficient arrangement in place.
So, how are Georgian fraudulent IDs spotted and caught?
Note that more sophisticated counterfeiters use several techniques to make their IDs more resilient to tests and checks.
Further checks include:
There are security features that make fake IDs unable to emulate a real ID. These are paid the most attention to. Sometimes, they can be pretty simplistic stuff such as typos and watermarks as mentioned in the earlier sections. However, the newer ways of cracking down on fake ID usage in Georgia include a robust physical check.
You see, fake IDs have been rampant and even though ways exist to tell a real ID apart from a fake one, if the people responsible for checking the IDs are not conscious and aware enough, then it’s of little help. That’s why the state has taken a different approach this time.
They’re gearing up for mass awareness to combat fake IDs in Georgia more effectively. This awareness sure includes ways to actually determine a fake ID but more importantly, it tells people to be cautious. The awareness becomes highly weaponized when supplemented with the statistics involving the glaringly widespread number of fake IDs in circulation.
This is a serious issue and the state of Georgia believes that the first step towards stopping fakes effectively is to first tell people about it – give them the hard facts.
This information equips everyone from small-town bank tellers to car rental service providers with the necessary information to double-check all IDs they go through. Mostly, Georgia residents go for one of these four types of illegal IDs:
A combination fake ID can also exist. For example, using another person’s ID and using your own photo on it is a combination of #3 and #4.