The Growing Presence of Fake IDs in Alaska
The United States has a problem with a growing prevalence and proliferation of fake identification cards across the United States. This issue goes beyond college kids trying to pass of fake ID to get into the local watering hole; we are seeing more and more high-quality forged documents being utilized to commit identity theft, check fraud, credit card scams and other white-collar offenses. The impact of the phenomenon is evident in every state, especially Alaska. As the stories below illustrate, fake identification has been highlighted in many recent events across the state:
- In 2012, a South Korean national was arrested after he was found to be living in Juneau illegally. Authorities were executing a search warrant in relation to a different investigation when they found the man in possession of two forged California ID’s, both featuring the same photo but different names and birth dates. Police also found the many to be in possession of an abundance of other stolen financial documents, including checks and credit cards.
- In 2008, authorities arrested four members of a sophisticated fraud ring accused of using stolen checks and credit cards to illegally purchase more than $50,000 worth of good and services over four months. The group would burglarize homes and steal checkbooks and other sensitive financial material, and use that info to apply for credit cards and make illegal withdrawals.
Authorities caught a break in the investigation when then seized a fake ID featuring the photo of one of the perpetrators. Recognizing her from prior convictions, police officers were able to locate her and make an arrest. The other perpetrators were arrested shorty after that, where police found them in possession of a large quantity of stolen mail, financial documents and fake ID cards.
The Penalties for Fake ID possession in Alaska
In Alaska, you be caught using a fake ID to either attempt to illegally purchase alcohol or gain entry into a bar, you will have your driver’s license revoked for 60 days. Should you be caught a second time, you will lose your license for one year.
If you are caught with or using a fake ID to commit any other crime, you will be with first degree forgery, a class B felony in the state of Alaska. A class B felony carries an incredibly severe punishment, with offenders facing a prison sentence up to ten years and fines that could total up to $100,000.
How to Spot a Fake Alaska ID
For bartenders, doormen, waiters, waitresses, notaries, bank tellers, retail clerks, and any other people who must verify ID’s in a professional setting, the rise in fake ID production and distribution is concerning. In many situations, the individual responsible for failing to spot a fake ID takes on just as much, if not more, liability than the person in possession of the forged document. Therefore, it is vital that businesses needing to regularly verify the identification of their patrons use the I.D. Checking Guide.
What the I.D. Checking Guide Includes:
- A full page or more for each U.S. state and Canadian province identity card sample, showing driver’s licenses and ID cards, plus U.S. and Canadian territories.
- Guidelines on standard Alaska driver's license terms, term length, etc.
- An explanation of where ghost images, holographic overlay, UV elements, microprinting, and other security features should be found on valid Alaska ID
- An explanation of what the proper alphanumeric sequencing of a Alaska ID or Driver's license should be (i.e how many letters, numbers, etc.)
- Full details for past and current Alaska driver's licenses in circulation.
- "How to check driver’s licenses" techniques for training use.