NC Officials See Alarming Growth In Fake ID Labs

Officials in North Carolina say they are seeing an alarming growth in the size and sophistication of the fake identification business.

The Charlotte Observer reports that at the end of October, the state Division of Motor Vehicles had recorded 373 arrests for driver's license fraud, which includes both manufacturing and possessing fake IDs. That's more in 10 months than the 294 arrests made in all of 2008.

Allen Page, deputy director of the state Alcohol Law Enforcement Division, said authorities used to find fake ID makers primarily on college campuses. Page said the labs are now popping up all across the state.

The DMV is fighting back. In September, the agency finished shifting its operations so that all driver's licenses are issued from its central office in Raleigh.


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  • by CH Location: Pitt County on Nov 29, 2009 at 06:13 PM
    I agree with you Nathan. Soon enough the fake ID's will be history. I know alot of ECU students that I work with who have a fake ID. Fake ID's have been around a long time.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Nov 29, 2009 at 05:07 PM
    I always thought the biggest draw with fake IDs was buying alcohol underage, though some ECU students just buy as many cases of the cheapest beer they can get and serve it to their younger classmates at parties anyway. Soon enough they'll move onto digital ID -- fingerprint scanners or more likely, retina (eye) scanners. They just generate a hash code from the retina in your eye, and that's your new SSN, they register it with the DMV, and when you get pulled, the officer just scans your eye, and they know exactly who you are. Technology's already here, it's just rolling it out that is taking time, and will take more time.
  • by McArthur Park on Nov 29, 2009 at 04:47 PM
    DO NOT woory--pretty soon we will not have to worry about Fake IDs---our pathetic legislators and educators will make it legal for illegals to get everything without having to produce any proof of citizenship! You gotta love the irony.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Nov 29, 2009 at 02:01 PM
    Yes, the DMV has arranged for all drivers to get their renewed licenses from Raleigh, through the mail. You will still have to go to your local DMV location to take your eye/driving exam/picture taken, and pay the fee; then, they will tell you that, your Driver's License 'should' arrive in your Mail Box within a week or two. A few bad apples always spoil it for the law-abiding citizens; notice how we have to change to accommodate the criminals, not the other way around.
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