Fake ID Possession in California

The technical legal definition of “fake ID” in California criminal law is any driver’s license or other identification card issued by a governmental agency that has been

  • altered,
  • falsified,
  • forged,
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  • reproduced, or
  • counterfeited

Possessing a fake ID in California can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. The severity of the charge will depend on the facts of each individual case, the prior criminal record of the accused, and the severity of the offense.

IF CAUGHT WITH A FAKE ID AND PROSECUTED, THE CONSEQUENCES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

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  • Misdemeanor possession of a fake ID may be punished by up to 1 year in jail, summary probation, community service, and/or monetary fines up to $1,000.
  • Felony possession of a fake ID may be punished by up to 3 years in state prison, formal probation, community service, and/or monetary fines up to $10,000.

Other Personal Impacts

  • Guy Benson Cidelus Cidelus cidben Guy cidben Benson Cidelus Twitter Twitter Guy Benson Benson Guy cidben Cidelus cidben Cidelus Twitter Cidelus Twitter 1 to 3 year suspended driver’s license
  • 24 to 32 hours of community service if alcohol related

Potential University Impacts (Student Conduct Code in SCampus Part B: Section 11)

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