October 15, 2018
Ask the Chief
Q: I visited my daughter at college last week, and had a conversation about fake ID's. She said several of her dorm mates suggested she purchase a fake ID so she can go to the bars with them. The advice I gave my daughter was not to do this because she could get into trouble. Could you back me up with information?
Good advice Mom, you are right! Purchasing a fake ID OR attempting to alter your Driver’s License or identification card is NOT a good idea and here is why:
Minnesota Statute 171.22, Unlawful Acts Relating to Driver’s License:
1. To display, cause or permit to be displayed, or have in possession, any fictitious or fraudulently altered driver's license or Minnesota identification card;
2. To lend the person's driver's license or Minnesota identification card to any other person or knowingly permits the use thereof by another;
3. To display or represent as one's own any driver's license or Minnesota identification card not issued to that person;
4. To use a fictitious name or date of birth to any police officer or in any application for a driver's license or Minnesota identification card, or to knowingly make a false statement, or to knowingly conceal a material fact, or otherwise commit a fraud in any such application;
5. To alter any driver's license or Minnesota identification card.
Violation is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Minnesota Statute 609.506, Prohibiting Giving Peace Officer False Name:
1. It is a misdemeanor to provide a Peace Officer a false name and date of birth.
2. It is a gross misdemeanor to provide a Peace Officer the name and date of birth of another person as your own.
Your child's university may also have a "Student Code of Conduct" policy which may have administrative penalties.
I know your daughter would like to go out with her older friends, but underage drinking may have legal, health (alcoholism), and employment (employee background checks) related consequences.
Mom, I commend you for building a relationship with your daughter that allowed her to be comfortable talking with you about this matter. You’re doing a great job, keep it up. Stay aware and stay safe.
1. Minnesota Statute 171.22, Unlawful Acts Relating to Driver’s License. Online at https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/171.22
2. Minnesota Statute 609.506, Prohibiting Giving Peace Officer False Name. Online at https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/609.506
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