UMD Students Confess Fake ID Successes and Failures

by Rebecca Torchia

*Names have been changed

For those still under 21, going out on the weekends can be a struggle. It seems as though everyone is going to bars or throwing parties.

Many students resort to purchasing fake IDs. Often, these contain all the correct information, with a different birthdate and address.

Sometimes, however, fake IDs are laughably inaccurate. David, a freshman mechanical engineering major, has an incredibly unrealistic fake.

“The hologram, it says ‘authentic,’” he pointed out, among other flaws and even typos on the ID, which is supposedly an Arizona driver’s license.

“My favorite part is when you scan it, it says I’m a 40-year-old woman,” he said.

He’s only tried it twice at one of the popular bars in College Park, and so far he’s batting five hundred, having gotten in one time.

He’s had more luck at a College Park liquor store where “it always works, no questions asked.”

The upside of David’s fake is that all of his information – height, weight, eye color and hair color – is accurate.

This isn’t the case for John, whose newest fake says that he is 6-foot-3, a whole foot taller than his actual height. While he hasn’t had this one long enough to test it out, it’s still an improvement from his last fake.

“The plastic on top is not flat, there’s air bubbles,” the freshman psychology major said. “We tried ironing it once; that didn’t work.”

It’s also off-white on the back, as though someone spilled coffee and stained it.

He said the ID wasn’t worth trying at a bar, but that it worked once at a local restaurant, only because there were around seven other people with him and the waitress barely looked at it.

Buying a fake ID could cost between $80 and $100 for two copies. Allison, a sophomore, inherited her fake ID from a friend instead of paying.

It had all the wrong information, and the picture looked nothing like her. It also didn’t have a hologram.

“It looked like someone printed it off their computer,” she said.

One time when she was turned away at a bar, the guy at the door asked her why she was trying to get in with her mom’s ID.

Allison was lucky enough to get into the bars on occasion, and luckier still that the police never busted her for having a friend’s fake. If the ID doesn’t have the person’s real name on it, they could potentially get charged with identity theft. If it’s just a fake, the police are more likely to simply confiscate it and turn them away.

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