I have been carrying my home made Personal Identification Card for around 5 years now. I have used it dozens of times - every time I get asked for photo ID.
I've boarded planes, picked up registered mail, collected government documents, all sorts of things without any problems at all. After all, it is "real". The only time it has ever been challenged is when I needed an airport visitor's pass to get "behind the scenes" for something I was doing.
"Why would I do this?" you may ask. Well, I am a bit of a rebel and reckon that most of the security we see is nothing more than a fear campaign. Someone is making a load of money out of it and very few security checks are any good. This is my way of testing the system - and finding it pretty faulty most of the time.
That's the philosophy, here's how...and it isn't hard. In fact, it is so easy we could do it in one step, but where is the fun in that?
Computer with some sort of photo editing software e.g. GIMP
Laminator with sheets
Step 1: The front
The most important thing that differentiates this project from fake ID is that all the details need to be 100% real for you. I have not been able to find any legal problems about using home made ID as long as the details are accurate. Sure it might not be good enough and you may be asked for a driver's license, but that's really the point isn't it? How good are these security checks?
Find a photo that would look good on ID. No sunglasses, not a holiday snap etc. It has to be believable.
The checkered background is a standard photoshop pattern, I have put a splash of pink over it to make it look a little like those secure documents that have a splash of pink of them. It is then made a bit more opaque or you won't be able to read your details.
Find some sort of official looking shield for the background to, it all adds to the authenticity.
I have a smaller version of the same photo. No idea why, it just looked like something that authentic ID would have. Same as adding the ID number in white on the main image. Same as the red stripe.
Of course you can add or remove anything you like, compare it to your drivers license or something for ideas.
How easy was that so far?
Don't forget to save your work.