Fake ID use is on the rise in Indiana, but police are more concerned with the increasing quality of the fakes.
Over the weekend before Fall classes began at Indiana University in Bloomington, State Excise police officers gave out 191 tickets; most of which were for underage drinking and carrying false identification. That number has nearly doubled from the same weekend last year and the quality has gotten better.
"In the past, some of the security features were easy to detect on false ID’s," said State Excise officer Travis Thickstun. "Now we’re seeing that more of them have the security features that we’re looking for. So it’s becoming harder for businesses and police officers to detect those false ID’s."
Thickstun explains that many fakes now carry holograms that show up under UV lights. That means retailers who sell alcohol have to pay closer attention to which hologram goes with which state.
Bars like Nick’s English Hut use an ID guide.
"It’s gives us all the information that’s supposed to be on a license," said doorman Mitch Craig.
On top of that, lots of fakes now carry bar codes similar to real ID’s.
"Some of those are actually reading the information that matches the front of the ID and helps confirm that the ID is real when in reality the ID is not real," said Thickstun.
He admits, police are always a step behind the bad guys when it comes to catching fake ID’s, but they always catch up when businesses work with police to crack down.
An underage drinker caught with a fake ID can face several citations, fines of up to $400, and even jail time.