The practice of minors using fake IDs to obtain alcohol continues to be widespread on college campuses. Unfortunately, Southern Methodist University is not immune to such acts. As a University, we do not condone the use, possession, or manufacturing of fake IDs as stated in the Student Code of Conduct. Students found with a fake ID in their possession are required to go through the conduct review process. However, the consequences of being caught with a fake ID may extend beyond the conduct review process.
What are the legal consequences of possessing a fake ID in Texas?
Under Texas state law, a person under 21 who is in possession of a fake driver’s license with intent to misrepresent one’s age is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable up to a $500 fine. If the altered driver’s license has a fake identity rather than just a fake age or was issued to someone else, the offense is a Class A misdemeanor with a potential $2,000 fine and up to 180 days in jail.
Did you know that the TABC implemented Operation Fake Out to counter the use of fake ID's by underage drinkers?
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) agents collaborate with alcoholic beverage retailers to detect the use of fake ID’s. The venue’s doorman checks an ID presented and passes it to the TABC agent who then evaluates the ID for tell-tale imperfections. An individual found to be using a fake or altered ID is arrested and transported to jail.
For more information on Operation Fake Out, click here.
What are some of the unforeseen risks associated with ordering a fake ID online?
- Increased vulnerability to identity theft
- Enabling a threat to national security
For more information, click here for a KCTV5 News investigation of fake IDs.
Fake IDs on a College Campus:
In the Chronicle of Higher Education article “A River of Booze,” Karin Fischer and Eric Hoover take a closer look at the stakeholders of fake IDs and underage drinking in one college town.
Image above adapted from one found in the December 14, 2011 issue of The University Daily Kansan.