Stopping the Use of Fake IDs in Montana
The United States is facing a serious problem with the rising prevalence and proliferation of fake identification cards across the country. This issue goes well beyond college students trying to pass of fake ID to get into the local watering hole; we are seeing growing instances of high-quality forged documents being utilized to commit white collar crimes like identity theft, mortgage fraud, and credit card scams even after both local and federal law enforcement agencies continue to crack down on these issues. The impact of the phenomenon is evident across the US, even in Montana. As the stories below show, fake identification has been highlighted in several recent events across the state:
- In 2014, a group of students a Carroll College conducted a yearlong investigation into the extent of fake ID use among the school’s students. Funded by the Lewis and Clark County DUI Task Force, the study found that of the 161 participants, 75 of them said that they had friends that owned and used a fake ID. Additionally, the group was shocked to hear that while 90 percent of the participants were unaware of the schools policy for possession fake ID’s, but 77 percent were even unaware of the of the state laws for fake ID’s as well.
The Penalties for Fake ID possession in Montana
In Montana, minors who are caught using a fake ID in an attempt to buy alcohol or gain access to an establishment that sells alcohol, they be charged with a misdemeanor. If convicted, the charge carries a maximum $500 fine and up to six months in jail.
Should you use a fake ID to defraud a person or business in any way, you will face significantly more serious charges. For example, should you be caught illegally obtaining goods or services valued between $1,500 and $5,000, you will face a fine of $1,500 and a prison term up to 3 years. Should the value of those goods and services exceed $5,000 in value, the fine increases to $10,000 and the prison term increases to 10 years!
How to Detect a Fake Montana ID
For bartenders, doormen, waiters, waitresses, notaries, bank tellers, retail clerks, and any other people who must verify ID’s in a professional environment, the proliferation in fake ID creation and distribution is disturbing. In many scenarios, the person responsible for failing to recognize a forged ID takes on just as much, if not more, liability than the person possessing the forged document. That being said, it is absolutely vital that businesses needing to regularly verify the identity of their patrons or employees use the I.D. Checking GuideEvergreen Class The Notes College State.
What the I.D. Checking Guide Includes:
- A full page or more for each U.S. state and Canadian province identity card sample, showing driver’s licenses and ID cards, plus U.S. and Canadian territories.
- Guidelines on standard Montana driver's license terms, term length, etc.
- An explanation of where ghost images, holographic overlay, UV elements, microprinting, and other security features should be found on valid Montana ID
- An explanation of what the proper alphanumeric sequencing of a Montana ID or Driver's license should be (i.e how many letters, numbers, etc.)
- Full details for past and current Montana driver's licenses in circulation.
- "How to check driver’s licenses" techniques for training use.