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Creating a convincing fake ID is not only extremely difficult, but extremely dangerous. The penalties for making a fake ID often include jail time and thousands of dollars in fines. It also doesn’t help that law enforcement, security professionals, and ID scanners are incredibly adept at spotting fraudulent documents. If you do decide to go through with it and make a fake ID, you’ll need a template, a solid understanding of how to use photo-editing software, and access to the right cardstock and materials.
Scan the front and the back of an ID. You can either use your own ID and change the text, or you can use someone else’s ID and change the image so long as their measurements, hair, and eye color are a match. Regardless of which option you choose, you need to scan the ID using a scanner. Scan the back of the ID as well to ensure that the barcode on the back will match the ID on the front.[1]
The barcode on the back is encoded with the information on the front. Even if you’re changing the text, you still want it to show the same state, license number, and unmodified information.
It is easier to change a photo than to change the text.
Warning: It will be very difficult to use a random ID on the internet because you’ll need to change almost every aspect of the ID. On top of that, the resolution will look wrong when you print it unless you can adjust it to match the size of an ID perfectly.
Open the front of your ID with an image-editing program like Photoshop. If you don’t know or have an image-editing program like Photoshop, GIMP, or Photoscape, you can use an online image editor like Sumo Paint or Paint.Net. Open the image in your program of choice to adjust the ID.
Paste a new photo over the current ID’s image if you scanned someone else’s ID. Open the photo that you’re going to use to replace the current photo.Trim the photo so that it is a similar size to the original ID’s photo.Export the new photo to a separate file and then open it in the same project as the scanned ID. Drag it on top of the original photo until you’re happy with the location.[3]
Alternatively, you can put the new photo over the location where the photo belongs on the ID and the cut the sides of the image off with the crop tool in whatever program you’re using.
Hold the shift key down in Microsoft programs while dragging the corner of a photo to keep the ratio between the sides of the image identical to the original photo.
If you need to take a new photo specifically for your new ID, use a camera and a tripod to take it. Try to duplicate the background on the original ID by hanging a drape or bedsheet of the same color behind you.If your new photo won’t go in front of the ID, right click it and find the layers tab. Select “bring it to the front” or “front” to make it lay on top of the ID.