The consequences of using false/fake identification

Fictitious identification includes any identification that has been altered in any way, forged, or unlawfully manufactured. The term also includes using a genuine piece of identification that belongs to someone else whether or not it is valid.

F.S.S. 322.32: Unlawful use of license is a second degree MISDEMEANOR.

This statute makes it unlawful to display, cause, permit to be displayed, or have in your possession any canceled, revoked, or suspended, disqualified, fictitious, or fraudulently altered driver’s license. It is also unlawful to lend a license to any other person or knowingly permit its use by another.

Example: An older sibling or friend loans their driver’s license to Yonger sibling or friend who uses it to get into clubs/bars; the older sibling would be charged. To display, or represent as your own or any driver’s license not issued to you is also illegal.

Example: Same scenario as above but this time the Yonger sibling or friend would be charged.

F.S.S. 322.212: Unauthorized possession or other unlawful acts in relation to, driver’s license or identification cards is a third degree FELONY.

It is unlawful for any person to knowingly have in their possession any blank, forged, stolen, fictitious, counterfeit, or unlawfully issued driver’s license or identification card. It is unlawful for any person to barter, trade, sell, or give away any driver’s license or identification card or to perpetrate a conspiracy to barter, trade, sell, or give away any such license or identification card unless authorized.

Example: A person provides false information or someone else’s information about their identity to the Division of Driver’s Licenses and has an official ID card or DL made with their photo on it and the erroneous information they provided.

Example: A friend has a “board” made that you stand in front of and have your photo taken so that the photo looks like an official ID card or DL issued by the State of Florida.

Possession of a “fake id” is serious. Criminal charges have long lasting affects on your future, affects your ability to concentrate on work and school and can cost you time and money in attorney fees and possibly fines. Though everyone seems to do it you can make a decision for yourself. Avoid the possible consequences and use only your own valid identification or driver’s license.

For further information on this or others safety topics please contact the University of Florida Police Department’s Community Services Division at 392-1409.