A fake ID is one that doesn’t belong to you, has been made illegally or has been changed (for example to make you look older). Most of the time it’s against the law to make, have or 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 $5,600!
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A fake ID is an ID that:
In Tasmania, you can prove your age using:
Yes. It’s against the law to use a fake ID to enter a pub, club, bar or obtain alcohol. The person who suspects that you are using a fake ID can also take the ID from you and give it to police.
If you are caught using a fake ID and you’re under 18, you can:
If it is the first time you have been in trouble with the police, it is likely that you will be given an informal caution.
It’s against the law to refuse to give the police your name, address and date of birth if they suspect you are underage and trying to get into licensed premises or buy alcohol. If you’re under 18, you can be charged and if found guilty by a court, have to pay a fine of:
For more information on your rights when talking to police, please visit our page on police interviews.
It is illegal to lend or give someone your ID who intends to use it as a fake. If you’re over 18 and you give your ID card to someone else, you could be charged and if you’re found guilty by a court, you’d have to pay as much as $5,600.
Yes. It’s against the law to make a fake ID. Making a fake ID includes scratching, changing or forging an ID. The law is particularly strict when it comes to making a fake driver’s licence.
If you’re under 18 and you’re found to have made a fake ID, then you can:
In the most serious cases, you can be sentenced to 6 months imprisonment even if it’s the first time you’ve done this, or 12 months imprisonment if you’ve made fake IDs before. However, if it’s the first time you’ve made a fake ID, it’s more likely that the police would give you a formal caution.
It is illegal to lie or give incorrect information in order to get a fake driver’s license. If you do this and you’re under 18, you can:
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