Possessing and Using False ID to Buy Alcohol is a Criminal Matter

Your Actions Have Consequences!

Wyckoff Police Chief David V. Murphy would like to emphasize to young people that possessing
or using false identification to purchase alcohol is a crime. Remember, a driver’s license
is a government document and being convicted of having a fake ID or fraudulent document
is a serious matter.

At 18, you are not old enough to purchase alcohol, but you are old enough to be arrested
and have a criminal record.

Possessing a false ID document is a fourth degree offense and carries a fine of up to $10,000 and/or up to 18 months in jail. Using a false ID document is a third degree offense and carries a fine of up to $15,000 and/or between 3 years and 5 years in jail. Selling a false ID document or possessing the materials to make these documents is a second degree offense and carries a fine of up to $150,00 and between 5 and 10 years in jail. In addition to the criminal penalties imposed upon conviction, there are serious future consequences young people should consider. Most college applications ask you to list any criminal convictions; you may be barred from entering some professions such as law enforcement, postal work, public transportation jobs, as well as many other professions.

Think again…it only takes a minute to make a decision that will impact your life. Considering the consequences, it’s not a risk worth taking.