Fake I.D cards

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 $2,200!

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What is a fake ID?

A fake ID is an ID that:

  • has been made illegally;
  • has been scratched or altered in any way (like to make you seem older); or 
  • doesn’t actually belong to you (like a friend’s or brother’s ID).

What are the accepted forms of ID in NSW?

In New South Wales, you can prove your age using:

  • a current driver licence (NSW or interstate); or
  • a current Australian or foreign passport; or
  • a current NSW Photo Card (or current interstate proof of age card).

Is it illegal to use a fake ID?

It’s against the law to use a fake ID to buy alcohol or get into a pub, club or bar.  

If you are caught and you’re under 18, the police can:

  • give you a warning;
  • give you a formal caution;
  • fine you up to $800; or
  • charge you, and you might have to pay as much as $2,200!

If it’s the first time you’ve used a fake ID, it’s unlikely that the police will charge you.  They normally only charge people under 18 years old if they have been caught using fake ID before.

And if you are over 14…

But if you’re over 14, you could also have your provisional driver’s licence extended by 6 months (either P-1 or P-2), even if you haven’t started your P’s or your L’s yet!  This means that you will spend more time on your P’s or L’s.  

For more information about getting your licence, you can check out our page on Licenses .

Is it illegal to have a fake ID on me?

If the fake ID is in the form of a NSW Photo Card or NSW driver licence, it is illegal to have it on you. 

If you’re caught and you’re under 18, you could be:

  • given a warning;
  • given a formal caution;
  • fined between $700-$800 on the spot by police; or
  • fined up to $1,100 if you’re found guilty by a court.

Is it illegal to make fake ID?

It’s against the law to make an ID.  Making an ID includes scratching, changing or forging an ID. If you’re under 18 and you’re caught doing this, you could be:

  • given a warning;
  • given a formal caution;
  • given an on the spot fine of $749; or
  • charged and could pay up to $1,100 if you’re found guilty by a court.

Do I have to tell the police or security my name, age and address?

It is illegal not to give the police or an employees of a place where alcohol is sold (e.g. a bouncer) your name, address and date of birth when asked.  You can be fined $220 for refusing to do this.

For more information on your rights when talking to police, please visit our page on police interviews.

Can my fake ID be confiscated?

Only the police and certain people from Roads & Maritime Services can confiscate a fake ID.  Staff members cannot, but even if they do there will usually be nothing you can do about it.

What if I use someone else’s ID?

If you use someone else’s NSW Photo Card or NSW driver licence, you could be fined between $700-$800 on the spot by police, or up to $1,100 if convicted by a court.  

What if I use someone else’s ID?

It’s against the law to give false information to get your ID (like using fake documents or lying to Roads & Maritime Services). If you’re caught lying to get a photo card, you can be fined $749 on the spot. 

If you’re caught lying to get a driver’s licence or photos card and the authorities decide to charge you, you could have to pay up to $1,100 if found guilty by a court.

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