A Fake Driving License of Maryland under UV light. (Image: Fakeyourid.com)

Barstow, MD – In states such as Maryland and Washington, teenagers often get confused when they meet the new lifestyle in their educational institutes which they have never experienced in their lives before. The majority of these underage students will taste alcoholic drinks for the first time. The party-loving kids and luxurious lifestyle often results in drunk driving and unexpected trouble for some while others endure it. We are now seeing children growing up with their mobile phones and sticking up to their social media accounts. The social life of the college freshmen has become extremely limited.

Alcohol is an addiction which invites problems for many and relief for some but there are people in our society that can not handle the intoxication caused by it. The cause of accidents among people below 21 is often declared as drunk driving. A significant number of these accidents result in fatalities. I have worked in different security firms throughout my career and most of my clients have been parents whose kids often indulged in the nightlife of Washington, DC and other jurisdictions. These kids get carried away and the crimes that they were involved in were the result of the influence of liquor most of the times. So one wonders—why is that even though the minimum age requirement in America to legally drink and purchase liquor is 21 but we are still not able to prevent minors from accessing it?

In 2016, one bouncer at a University of Maryland bar voluntarily turned over 21 fraudulent ID cards to the authorities. Source: 

According to “Alan,” a bouncer from one of the top-ranked restaurant chains in Baltimore, the confiscation ratio of identity cards has been increasing in the past year. However, with the new sophisticated techniques they are able to identify the bogus ones from the actual.

The question has different answers and most of the time we are blinding ourselves from reading it. One of the top firms in the bars and restaurant business have blamed different causes for this incompetence.

1) Why can’t they stop a person from getting in with a fake form of identification? In the US, people are required to show proof of identification before entering a nightclub or liquor shop. However, the college students below age 21 have their own ways of solving this problem. They will buy a scannable fake I.D. which will look and come with security features just like a real driver’s license. These licenses are so good that they even trick the most sophisticated scanners installed in these clubs.

2) How do they get a fake id? All they have to do is open a fake id website you can search on Google and as of now if you search the term “Fake ID Maker” you will find many web sites that advertise providing forged identity cards, which comes with scannable bar codes on the back, holograms, ultraviolet printed elements. They use stealth methods to ensure that the packages slip under the nose of the U.S. Customs without getting intercepted. They use watch boxes and other discreet methods to achieve this. So as a result, it is now very easy for a student with a couple hundred dollars to get a replica of their state ID or driver’s license and use it like a pass for their drink purchases.

3) The Parents Problem  Every one out of 100 students in America will have their parents’ involvement in getting access to alcoholic drinks. Some states, such as Massachusetts, allow you to drink liquor even if you are not 21 yet but that must be accomplished under the supervision of your parents or guardian.

4) The Doppelganger Method – If you acquire access to someone who looks like you and take their photo and use their identity card to prove that you are not below 21 then, that person is called your ‘doppelganger’ and the use of this term is not new it has existed for years. The Prohibition period in America was a very hard time and this term has its roots from that period.

The educational institutes are losing their charm and we are producing students with social and moral problems. The restrictions are not working and as a result human nature drives these teenagers to experience what we deem harmful to them. In my career as a security consultant and human resource analyst I have come across many parents and students who lack the ability to lead back to their social life after the drinking and nightlife influence has invaded their personal lives.