A fake ID is one that doesn’t belong to you, has been illegally made or has been 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 $2,500!
A fake ID is an ID that:
In South Australia, you can prove your age using:
It’s against the law to use a fake ID or even just lie about your age to try and enter a pub, club or bar, or to buy alcohol or cigarettes. If you are caught doing these things and you’re under 18, you could:
If it is the first time you have been in trouble with police it is likely that you will be issued with an informal or formal caution. See our Warnings and Formal Cautions page for further information on cautions.
It’s against the law to give your ID to someone else so that they can use it as a fake ID (e.g. to get into a bar or purchase cigarettes). If you’re over 18 and you’ve given your ID to someone else knowing that they would use it as a fake ID, you could be charged with a crime and have to pay a fine of up to $2,500 if you’re found guilty by a court.
Yes. Making a fake ID is illegal. This includes scratching, changing or forging an ID.
In South Australia, if you are caught with a scratched driver’s licence, you could be:
It’s against the law to lie about your age when applying for a driver’s licence or proof of age card. If you’re caught doing this and you’re under 18, you can get in serious trouble including:
It’s also against the law if you don’t give the police your name, address and date of birth. They are legally allowed to ask you for this if they suspect you are under 18 and trying to get into licensed premises or buy alcohol or cigarettes. If you don’t give them your details, then you could be fined up to $1,250. For more information on your rights when talking to police, please visit our page on police interviews.
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