How to make a fake ID

Since the National Minimum Drinking Age Act was implemented in 1984, making it unlawful for anybody under the age of 21 to purchase alcohol, obtaining a phony ID has become a fixture of American culture. Then, in 2007, the film Superbad was released, and everyone went crazy for the McLovin novelty ID, but then President Donald Trump passed the Tobacco-Free Youth Act, which prohibited them from purchasing smokes. 

8 steps to make a fake ID

Creating a fake ID can be a convenient way to access certain areas or establishments, however it is important to note that the steps listed in this article are for educational purposes only.

1. Find an ID Template Online

Photocopying your parents’ ID may appear to be a decent way to obtain a template, but it isn’t unless you have a scanner or a photocopying machine. You’d still need to obtain their ID and take it to a local copy and print shop to have it reproduced, presuming the clerk is willing to do so given that the ID isn’t actually yours. 

Another alternative is to take a photo using your phone. However, you’ll have to match the angles, consider the lighting (no flash), and there’s a potential the ID won’t appear as good when captured by the phone. 

Your best bet is to find an ID template on the internet. Look for the ID template that corresponds to the state you’re attempting to impersonate. If you’re tech-savvy, you can also try to obtain a copy via the deep web. 

Some are blank, which means you may simply alter the template in image-editing software like Photoshop or another photo editor. Others are form-fillable, which means you can simply type each line of text into the template and print it that way, which is certainly more convenient. 

Keep in mind that torrent websites and the deep web are not safe places to visit, and the files you download may include malware. Furthermore, your internet traffic may be watched by your ISP and other government organizations, and you may face legal consequences if you are detected or infected with a computer virus. In this quest, paid VPNs and antivirus solutions are your best friends.  

2. Take a Photo

There’s no need to make any changes once you’ve gotten the template. First, you’ll need to snap a high-quality photo of yourself for your fake ID, especially since bouncers and security guards are trained to spot fakes. 

Using random photos for your fake ID is also a bad idea, and for good reason: there are minor tells in photographs that readily distinguish fakes from real ones. 

There’s no need to make any changes once you’ve gotten the template. First, you’ll need to snap a high-quality photo of yourself for your fake ID, especially since bouncers and security guards are trained to spot fakes. 

Using random photos for your fake ID is also a bad idea, and for good reason: there are minor tells in photographs that readily distinguish fakes from real ones. 

Alternatively, unless your smartphone is from early 2010, you can use its camera. However, lighting is the most important aspect of a photograph. You’ll need good lighting, so a light ring that can be mounted on your camera is ideal. Look at your parents’ or guardians’ ID; it has extremely few or no shadows, which you should try to mimic.  Background is the last item to consider. Depending on the state, your background should be either sky blue or translucent. 

Almost every state has its own standards for photo backdrop color, so make sure to choose one that satisfies those specifications. You’re more likely to be caught with a fake ID if you don’t pay attention to the points we mentioned.

3. Edit the Template

Once you’ve obtained your template and a suitable photograph, it’s time to put everything together. First, you should fill out the template with the necessary information. Please do not use your real name or address. However, you should coordinate your sex, hair, and eye color. 

Then there’s the matter of age. Choose a birth date that is close to your age. If you’re 17 or 18, you should choose a birth year that will make you 21. Just be sure to enter the correct month and date. Being a few months shy of 21 is unlikely to get you where you want to go. 

Make sure you investigate, locate, and download the fonts used on your state’s ID. Individuals with keen eyes may notice the incorrect typeface and arrest you for carrying a phony ID. Check that the typeface and wording on your phony ID are the same as those used by your state. Most fake id makers utilize codes that correspond to the information on the photo you’re utilizing.

Eye and hair color codes are three letters in the United States and many other countries across the world. We won’t list them all because there are just too many, but you can easily get this information online.

4. Edit the Photo

Obtain an authentic ID from your parents or elder brother and use it to fine-tune the contrast and color saturation on the previously taken photo. To alter the photo of yourself, open it in an image-editing program such as Photoshop, Fireworks, or GIMP. You’ll need a real ID to change the levels of contrast, brightness, and color saturation in your image. 

The most critical step is to save your altered photo as a separate file after you’re satisfied with its quality. The next step is to experiment with the size of that specific photo; if you scale it down too much, scaling it back up will degrade the photo’s quality, resulting in a very low image resolution.

5. Bring Everything Together

Import your changed template as well as the edited image into the image-editing program. Drag the image to the desired location on the template. Some templates, particularly those that are blank and readily filled, will scale and center the image for you. 

If you must manually center the image, make sure to use the correct image size and position it correctly. If you resize the image too much, don’t bother resizing it again. Its resolution has already been reduced, resulting in a low-quality image. Simply import the backup file and resize it to the correct size. Rinse and repeat until everything is in order. 

Following that, you should sign your phony ID in the right spot. If you have a sketching pad for your computer, this is simple. However, if you don’t have a drawing pad, doing this with a mouse and a small paint tool is really difficult. It’s not impossible, but it’s more difficult than simply importing your scanned or photographed signature and copying it into the template. 

The best method is to scan or photograph your signature. A false ID will have incorrect line thickness or misalignment. Simply sign your name in black ink on a blank sheet of transparent white paper. After that, photograph it, put it into picture editing software, and select and erase white parts with a wand tool. 

This will result in only your signature on a transparent background. You may then simply copy and paste it into your template. Just make sure it’s properly aligned. If the lines are too thin, try reinforcing them using software or using a heavier pen. It may take several attempts to complete everything. When you’re finished, save the entire file and go to printing. 

6. Time to Print

To print, you’ll need high-quality paper that feels like an actual ID. Most government documents are printed on proprietary cardstock that is not available to the public, therefore they cannot be purchased. Teslin paper, a synthetic printing paper often used for card printing, is a great option. 

Most medium and high-end laser printers can print on Teslin paper, but generating a high-quality result will necessitate adjusting your printing settings. Make sure you have plenty of Teslin paper. Inkjet printers struggle to print on Teslin, and the print quality isn’t as long-lasting. However, when done right, it is practically flawless.

Pigment-based inkjet printers, which create rich colors and perform well with Teslin, are an exception to this rule. They do, however, have a larger price tag. It’s also a good idea to tweak your printing settings regardless of the printer you’re using. 

Additionally, you should ensure that your printer has enough ink. If there is insufficient ink, the end effect may be hazy. Once everything is in place, print your fake ID. You may need to repeat this process multiple times to get everything right and get good-looking results. 

Print your ID on Teslin paper; the procedure may take longer than normal printing. Allow the ID to “rest” for 30 to 45 minutes after completion. After that, it’s time to laminate.

7. Alternate Printing Materials

Teslin can be expensive, as can the printers necessary to print on it. Below, we’ll show you an alternative process that generates similar results, although the end product doesn’t have the same feel as Teslin. 

The steps for printing on cardstock are similar to those for printing on Teslin, but instead of synthetic paper, you’ll use cardstock. Obtain some hefty, matte cardstock weighing between 100 and 130 lbs. The weight of the cardstock refers to the total weight of 500 sheets of paper type, with 130lbs being the maximum weight that home printers can print on.

Simply print both the front and back of your false ID on the same piece of cardstock. After printing, let the product aside for a few minutes before cutting the front and back with a paper cutter, scissors, or a utility knife. After cutting, glue the sides together. 

To attach the sides together, we recommend using paper glue or wood glue. Simply apply it on the rear of either half of the ID and spread it out evenly with a cotton swab or a spreader. Because paper and wood glue do not bind as quickly as all-purpose or super glue, allow it to dry for a few minutes. Simply apply small layers to either side to avoid spillage. 

Press the bonded sides together carefully, then center them by sliding them together until the edges match. After that, simply place the ID beneath a heavy item to flatten it as it dries. Large books are excellent for holding the ID flat while the adhesive cures. 

Allow four to eight hours for the glue to fully set before placing it under a heavy, flat object. In the meantime, do anything else, such as create another false ID or binge-watch your favorite show. After the glue has dried, continue laminating the ID as usual. 

8. Laminate the ID

A butterfly pouch (a folded sheet of laminate) and a laminator machine are required for this technique. Place your printed ID in the butterfly pouch and laminate it on medium heat. To avoid bubbles, fold it at the crease and place the entire piece into the laminator crease free. 

Slowly feed the ID through the laminator machine and leave it to dry for another 30 to 45 minutes. Your butterfly pouch should be sealed around the borders of your fake ID, so trim the excess laminate and make a clean cut against the edge of the ID using a utility knife.


Please keep in mind that the actions outlined in the guide are only for instructional reasons. If you want to get a fake ID card, the easiest way is to order one online from a reliable fake id maker. If that isn’t an option, you can always rely on what you’ve learned from reading this guide. 

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