A fake ID is one that doesn’t belong to you, has been illegally made or changed (for example to make you look older). Most of the time it’s against the law to make, have and use a fake ID for anything, including to get into a pub, club or bar or to buy alcohol. It’s also against the law to lend your ID to someone else or lie so that you can get a real ID (for example lying about your date of birth or giving fake documents).
If you’re caught doing these things, you could be fined as much as $3,000!
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A fake ID is an ID that:
In the ACT, you can prove your age using:
Yes. It is against the law to use any kind of fake ID for anything, like to buy alcohol or to get into a pub, club or bar. If you’re caught using a fake ID and you’re under 18, you can:
If it’s the first time you’ve been caught using a fake ID, it’s likely that the police will give you a caution and you won’t be charged. However, if you are caught doing this over and over again, you can’t be given a caution and the police may decide to charge you.
If a police officer (not a bouncer) asks you for ID and you don’t show them then, you can also be given a caution or be charged and have to pay up to $750 if you’re found guilty by a court.
Yes. It’s against the law to use someone else’s ID to get into a pub, club or bar, or to buy alcohol. This still counts as a fake ID!
If you’re caught doing this and you’re under 18, you can:
Yes. Staff members on licensed premises (e.g. a bouncer at a bar or club) can confiscate your ID (unless it is a passport). Staff members must give you a receipt for the confiscated ID, containing:
If the ID turns out to be genuine, it should be returned to you.
Yes. It’s against the law to refuse to give the police your name, address and date of birth when they ask. For more information on your rights when talking to police, please visit our page on police interviews.
No. It is against the law to let someone else use your ID.
If you’re over 18 and the police find out that you gave your ACT driver’s licence to someone else and you knew they were going to pretend it was theirs, you could be fined up to $3,000 if the matter goes to court.
Yes. It’s against the law just to make a fake driver’s licence or have one on you, even if you haven’t used it. Making a fake driver licence includes scratching, changing or forging an existing one.
If you’re caught, you could:
It’s against the law to give false information to get your ACT driver’s licence or proof of age card. This could include using fake documents or lying. If you’re under 18 and you’re caught doing this, you could get:
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