Home Made ID




Before you add a comment about getting thrown in jail, this is not about making FAKE ID, it is about Home Made ID. That is ID that has 100% complete and accurate details, just that you made it.

I have been carrying my home made Personal Identification Card since 2006. 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.

[UPDATE] 2015 State elections in Queensland Australia required ID for the first time. They accepted this so I could vote!

"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
Internet connection

Step 1: The Front

Note that this is not cropped or perfect, it was made especially for this instructable.

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.

Step 2: The Back

This was actually more fun than the front as no one ever looks at the back of ID do they?

The black magnetic stripe is a must.  Of course it is nothing more than a printed black line, but my it makes it look real doesn't it?  If only I could insert a chip as well.

The rest of it is pure nonsense, it gives people who I show a laugh.  Sometimes a person will notice that the Emergency Contact space has no room for a number.

The bar code?   There are plenty of places on the web to make your own, copy it and paste into your image editor.  This one says "Instructables" - actually it doesn't really, I wish I had thought of that when I made it though :o)    

Again, the ID number for consistency.

Step 3: Finished Product

Laminate it, trim it and put in your wallet on top of your real license.  

Flash it whenever you are asked for ID and prepared to be amused at how often you get away with it.  I think it is wise to always have "official" ID as well, just in case.  

And you might like to think seriously before using it to try to get into the White House...unless of course you really are Barack Obama.



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    11 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    How do you relate "ID that has 100% complete and accurate details," with you making the whole design up out of your head?


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    matteson walkerlemonie

    Reply 3 years ago

    i i would make a fake id if i wanted to be arrested i dont need to go too jail but you ca if you want to see you in jail


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    No mater if it is a passport, your driver's license, a video store card or whatever, SOMEONE has to design it. It is arbitrary and even gets changed from time to time.

    There is nothing necessarily inherently part of the design itself that makes your ID real or not, it is the content. If your details are accurate then the ID is valid.

    Whether it will be accepted if not from a recognised authority is another story though.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    It was the "accepted by authority" bit that that I was interested in, you seem to be saying that these are for "novelty value only"?



    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    That's up to you. As far as I am concerned it is real ID i.e. it is NOT fake. It just hasn't been issued by a government agency which means that sometimes it won't be accepted.

    At the same time, I would be very surprised if there could be any repercussions over attempting to use it - again, the important caveat - as long as the details are authentic.

    I emphasise again the difference between home made ID which has real identification info, and fake ID which is an attempt to pretend to be someone else.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Yes I get that, well put.
    As far as ID cards go, without oficcial validation they would fall under the umbrella of "novelty value" - i.e. not to be passed as oficcial and therefore "fake"?


    i agree with microbe, as long as it doesnt have any false identification data on it, it is real. an identification card can come from anywhere. now, whether any institution accepts it as a valid confirmation of your identity is up to that institution. my school issues ID cards. if i get pulled over by a police officer, it isnt a valid forme of ID, but that doesnt make it a fake ID. if the information is right, it's an ID. it's not claiming to be a driver's permit, license, state issued ID, MIlitary ID card, or anything else, it just says "personal Identification" and is such. the reason it's fishy is because it's not issued by any governing body, and such is not entirely reliable. (anyone could make one of these with false information)


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Hey I need something done for me, please contact me at, ca9878@gmail.com.

    Like the person below, I do not need a physical copy, just a template, etc.

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