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6 Ways to Spot a Fake ID

June 5, 2018

Getting a TABC certification will certainly help you learn methods for spotting fake IDs at your workplace. Here are 6 tips:

1. Know Your State’s Card Features

Every state has its own set of security features for its driver’s licenses and identification cards. Common features may include:

You can even order a copy of the I.D. Checking Guide online to learn what to look for in each state.


2. UV Light (Or Tilting the ID) Is Your Friend

Many licenses and ID cards have security features that are visible under ultraviolet light. You may also be able to see them by tilting the ID to view it at an angle. On the Texas Driver License, you’ll see the state seal and three stars on the front of the card.


3. Feel the Surface of the ID

By simply running your thumb over the card, you might be able to catch a fake. If any portion of the ID is particularly thick or bumpy, this could be a sign. If the edges of the card are peeling or rough, that could be a sign as well.


4. Misspellings

Many fake IDs are made in a hurry, and this is another reason why being familiar with the Texas DL and ID cards is vital. This knowledge will help you spot spelling errors or other mistakes that would be a sure sign the ID is fake.


5. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

If you have any reason to believe an ID is fake or has been tampered with, then don’t be afraid to ask questions. Most people don’t use their real names on fake IDs and won’t remember the information on the card. Don’t hesitate to ask the customer for their name, date of birth, or address. If they hesitate or get it wrong, then refuse the sale.


6. Watch Your Customer

Every time you check an ID, take a good look at the person’s face and compare it to the photograph and physical description on the ID. Of course, the photo isn’t required to match the person perfectly because certain aspects our appearance change over time, like our weight, hair length and color, etc., but the photo needs to be consistent with the person giving it to you. If the photo and physical description are not consistent with your customer’s appearance, then you should refuse the sale.

Also, examine their body language. If they seem nervous, bite their lip, or refuse to make eye contact with you, it should get your attention. There’s no reason for a legal-aged adult to be nervous when buying alcohol.


Learn More About Fake IDs with TABC On The Fly

If your job requires you to sell or serve alcohol, knowing how to spot fake identification is just the tip of the iceberg. Getting TABC certified is the best way to ensure you are legally and properly performing your job duties. Getting TABC certified is simple. With TABC On The Fly, you can get certified fast for only $10.99 on any device, even your smartphone.

Register for our online course today and learn everything you need to know about selling or serving alcohol in the great state of Texas.

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