Fake IDs: Recognizing that Your Teen Has One

If your teen has a drinking problem, it’s bad news. But what’s even more bad news is the steps that he or she might have taken to encourage that little problem. Fake IDs are nothing new and today’s teens still find ways to obtain one. While each teenager will tell a different story about how they got theirs and where it came from, the story is the same:  they’re up to no good. If you’re a concerned parent, read on to learn some tips for recognizing if your teen is using a fake ID. Next week we’ll cover how to spot a fake ID.

Finding the Fake IDs

In order to spot a fake ID, you need to find a fake ID. Now we realize not every parent is initially OK with the idea of searching through your teenager’s belongings. However, if you’re concerned enough to be searching the web for this kind of information, then it might be worth considering. Your teenager living under your roof needs to follow your rules – and that includes no drinking or drugs. Additionally, if your teen that has moved away to school is using your money, they still need to follow your rules. So, feel better if you indeed need to do a little searching through the bedroom, book bag, car and wallet to see what kind of trouble you might be facing. It’s your job as a parent to protect your child – that includes keeping them out of jail because they used a fake ID.


Look for receipts to bars and for liquor sales, they might have clues that your teen is using a fake ID.

Signs your Teen as a Fake ID

Some teens are pretty sneaky when it comes to covering up the fact they have a fake ID. Especially if your teens have gone away to college and you have no way to “check up” on them each week. Even as sneaky as your teens can get, there might still be a few clues that indicate your teen is illegally getting into bars or buying alcohol with a false ID. Here are a few ideas:

  • Search the teen’s room or bags for receipts to bars or liquor stores.
  • Search the teen’s room or belongings for stowed away alcohol. You might also want to check their car or your front bushes as well.
  • Use a joint checking account with your teen so you can see all of the transactions made with the debit card.
  • Search through the teen’s computer history to see if any sites regarding fake IDs were visited.
  • Ask your teen’s friends’ parents if their children have fake IDs or suspect use.
  • Does your teen have a Twitter account? That is public and might give ideas as to where your teen has been.
  • Several teens hesitate to “friend” their parents on Facebook, but be on the lookout for any “tagged” photos of your teen. You could also ask teachers or other students in the grade about your teen’s Facebook activity.
  • Look at Location posts. These days, almost every social media post has a location tied to it. Check Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram and more for clues as to where your teen is, and what he or she is up to.

Parents and Fake IDs

Now as a parent, you should know right away if an ID is fake… you’re probably the most familiar with your child’s birthday, address, height, weight, hair color and more. You should also be able to look closely at a picture and know if the photo on the card is indeed that of your child. However keep reading next week for signs on how to spot a fake ID.

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