It is illegal for a person to make his own identification card or to solicit a false ID from an individual or entity, according to CriminalDefense Lawyer. Fake ID laws prohibit an individual from making or selling false documents and altering, purchasing, using or possessing legitimate documents.
A state driver's license or ID document must be issued by a government agency or it is considered fraudulent, says CriminalDefense Lawyer. Each state has laws that punish fake ID crimes, and the punishment varies depending on the severity of the crime. For example, in some states using a borrowed ID is considered less severe than using a forged document.
The most common fake ID crime is a possession offense. An individual is charged with a crime even if he didn't try to use the borrowed or forged ID. The most common fake ID crimes involve underage people who use a fake ID to obtain alcohol or cigarettes, according to CriminalDefense Lawyer. An individual charged with possession of a fake ID faces additional charges for the illegal activity. For example, if an underage person uses a fake ID to purchase alcohol, he faces charges for both the fake ID and for being a minor in possession of alcohol.