Is a Copy of Your Driver's License Valid?

A copy of a driver's license cannot be used as a valid form of identification. Although license design varies from state to state, all are designed with specific elements that prevent forgery. These anti-fraud details on a license cannot be reproduced on a copy.

When driver's licenses were first distributed they contained a moderate amount of personal information printed on paper and were used mostly by chauffeurs. As the general population began to drive and acquire licenses, the document was used for other purposes, such as proving a person's age in order to receive alcohol. Forging a basic paper document is relatively simple. Therefore, today driver's licenses are designed with advanced technology including holograms, magnetic strips, and microchips in order to deter forgery. A basic paper copy of a person's license has no authenticity against these standards.