Tell us your fake id story

August 28, 2010

Over the past few days I’ve heard dozens of fake id stories: how people got them, how stupid the names were and how they got caught with them. One girl’s brother had such an elaborate set-up for him and his buddies that they had an fake Alabama seal on the wall behind them.

In 1974, I was Bill Abide (an older brother of a classmate) – 22 years old; 6’3″; 240 lbs; with perfect eyesight. Actually I was age 16, 6 ft., 130 lbs with glasses. But the id worked in Lafayette, La. when we sneaked out of the hotel during a Key Club convention.

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  • Hat McKenzie August 31, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Growing up I always had a baby face so when a buddy and me decided to make our own fake IDs at age 15 the results were hilarious. We had everything planned. We waited until both his parents were gone and used his dad’s expensive digital camera for head shots and his new and very pricey full color printer for the cards. We decided we looked way younger than 21 so we added fake sideburns with his mom’s eye liner. We took our very cleverly done phonies to a print shop and laminated them, perfect.

    The very first time we tried them the bouncer at the club we desperately wanted to enter called his boss over, showed our cards to him and they both busted out laughing and told us to beat it, at least we got our IDs back.

    Second time we tried to buy beer at a liquor store. The guy behind the counter read us the riot act, told us he was keeping our IDs and he was calling the cops. We ran like crazy and never tried anything so dumb again.

  • Joe Montana August 30, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Got mine in a little shop off Market Street in San Fran in 1972. Wasn’t very hard as I remember. Worked all over NorCal. Our XO of the ship I was on knew a bunch of us had them and told us he didn’t care, we just couldn’t drink in his bar in Eureka! Same XO said if we wanted to smoke pot, we had to get off his ship and go on the base….different military..oh well we survived and now were in charge!!

  • MR. FRAT MAN August 30, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Rick.. I voted twice; with two different ID’s..Beware of the righteous crowd..they have been known to steal elections…2004.. plus we have the military sect looking under rocks and into closet’s,bedrooms next….

  • Betty McAlpin August 30, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    My cousin was raised in Destin and all the local kids there knew of one store located out in the South Walton boonies (while they still had boonies and not wall-to-wall condos). The old guy who ran it always insisted on checking IDs, and would be happy to sell us beer or Boone’s Farm no matter how bad or obviously phony the IDs were.

    I guess he figured he was legally covered as long as he insisted on seeing an ID. My cousin invited me for the weekend and told me to be sure to have a “legal” ID. I used an old Girl Scout member card, whited-out the GS parts and typed in my new info, pasted a polaroid photo of me looking very mature and I laminated the whole thing. I went from 16 to 21 just like that! I’m sure a cop would have busted a gut laughing had he seen it but it was good enough for the old man and his store. My cousin’s ID looked even worse than mine but it still worked like a charm.

  • MR. FRAT MAN August 30, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Rick: Why don’t you host “FAKE “I D” NIGHT” @ GLOBEL GRILL *** Use one of the side rooms….NO ONE ADMITTED UNLESS THEY SHOW A FAKE ID ….I am sure most of us whom would attend could really tell some very interesting stories….OFF THE RECORD…

  • Alabama Native August 30, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Like Sue mentioned, not only were Alabama DLs just a laminated card, they were much easier to obtain back in the 80s. I just went in with my brother’s birth certificate, told them I lost my license, paid the $15 (or whatever it was back then) and I went from 16 to 19 years old (19 was the AL legal drinking age) just like that! Luckily my brother and I were about the same height and weight so it worked well.

  • Conor Grace August 30, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Fake IDs certainly hadn’t gone away by the 90s!

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