fake_id_how-to by fanzhongqing


									              How to Make a Fake ID Card (2008 Edition)

Any color printer (Preferably Epson with DuraBrite Ink)
Artisyn or Teslin Paper
Butterfly Pouches
Fine Sand Paper
Holograms (Optional)
Digital Camera or Passport picture

This tutorial is designed to help you replicate a driver’s license. You can
replicate both 30 mil PVC driver’s licenses as well as thinner, bendable
driver’s licenses. The methods provided in this tutorial are designed for
novelty purposes only. It is illegal to forge identification for purposes of
identity theft or buying alcohol or tobacco.

Websites where supplies can be obtained


How to use the templates
Search a Peer-2-Peer network such as Kazaa, LimeWire or BitTorrent to find
a template. By using Adobe Photoshop or Macromedia Fireworks, you should
easily be able to edit the templates. You should first begin by changing the
text fields.

Edit the eye and hair color fields as follows:

Eye Color- Indicate eye color         Hair Color- Indicate hair color
abbreviation:                         abbreviation:
BLK - Black                           BAL – Bald
GRY - Gray                            BRO – Brown
MAR - Maroon                          SDY - Sandy
BLU - Blue                            BLK - Black
GRN – Green                           GRY - Gray
PNK - Pink                            WHI - White
BRO – Brown                           BLN – Blonde
HAZ - Hazel                           RED – Red
MUL – Multicolor

Editing the Photo
You need to scan in a passport photo or other acceptable ID picture.     Also
scan in a signature. If the background of the passport photo does not
match the background of the state id, you will need to do some editing.

After scanning the passport photo into the computer, the person's face will
need to be separated from the background so it flows seamlessly with your
ID card template. Using a program such as Adobe Photoshop or Macromedia
Fireworks provides you with an image editing tool called "Magic Wand". This
tool will allow you to click a color in the image and it will select all
surrounding colors that are similar or the same. There will be a slider that
will allow you to select the amount of variance from the color you select. The
higher the variance relates to more of the image that will be selected. Once
the background is nearly fully selected without containing any of the
person's face, press 'Delete' on your keyboard to erase it. You can then
magnify the image and use the eraser tool to clean up around the person's
face. At this point, zoom out and copy the image. It can be pasted onto your
ID card template. It will then flow seamlessly into your template design and
you can choose any background color you want!

The unusual-looking scrambled barcode on the back of most driver’s licenses
is known as a PDF417 barcode. This barcode contains most of the
information contained on the front of the license. By editing this readout,
you can encode your information into this barcode. You can generate these
barcodes here
ANSI 6360263f02DL20393504EM02460010DLDAQ1414556
Magnetic Stripe
If your license requires a magnetic stripe and you want it to be scanable, it
can be encoded with an encoder. Generally these are very expensive and
can run $400-1200 dollars (Arcadiaid.com has one for $395, which is the
best price we’ve seen for HiCo/LoCo with all 3 tracks). There are two types,
HiCo and LoCo. HiCo and LoCo magnetic differ in that HiCo are much more
difficult to demagnetize. The encoders for these are much more expensive
than for LoCo. Most HiCo encoders encode LoCo stripes as well. The best
way to program the stripe is to decode a working driver’s license, edit the
data, and then program it back onto the stripe. Encode the magnetic stripe
after the card is finished.

We will be printing on a synthetic paper. There are two types of synthetic
paper that are nearly the same. Teslin and Artisyn paper are single layer,
silica-filled, polyolefin printing substrate with unique microporous and
temperature resistance features that make it the product of choice for
laminated ID badges. Teslin is more expensive than Artisyn and much less
versatile. There are two types of Teslin. Laser Teslin is obviously for a
laser printer and same with the inkjet. Printing on Teslin with an inkjet does
not work well and tends to look grainy and smear. The inkjet is coated with
chemicals to absorb the ink effectively. Inkjet Teslin tends to be twice the
price than laser Teslin. The better option is a new synthetic paper called
Artisyn. It is cheaper than even laser Teslin, works well with all types of
printers including inkjet and laser printers. It also tends to produce better
print quality results. Teslin can be found at www.poisonid.com and Artisyn
can be found at http://www.arcadiaid.com , Arcadia also sells perforated
sheets that punch out in the size of the ID cards.

The next step is to select your printer. The preferred method is to use a
pigmented based inkjet printer like an Epson printer with DuraBrite ink.
This tends to produce incredible results and works well with Laser Teslin
even though it is not a laser printer. Better results are still achieved on
Artisyn paper. If a pigmented ink printer is not available, a laser printer is
still a good result. Laser printers produce sharp and clear results, but the
ink tends to look waxy. Lastly, any dye-based inkjet printer will work fine.
A dye-based inkjet printer is that standard color printer that most people
have in their home. Again, if you use dye-based inks make sure to use
Inkjet Teslin or Artisyn.

Here are some recommended printer settings for some common printers:
         Printer/Paper                   Media Type                        Other Settings
 Canon S800
                    Inkjet Teslin Transparency                 Highest Resolution
 Epson Stylus 800
                    Inkjet Teslin Photo Quality Glossy Paper   Highest Resolution
 Epson Stylus C82
                   Laser Teslin Matte Paper - Heavyweight      Photo RPM, Super MicroWeave
 Epson Stylus Photo 2200
                  Inkjet Teslin Photo Quality Glossy Paper     Highest Resolution
 Epson Stylus Photo 820
                                                               Photo - 2880dpi
                                                               Color Management: OFF
                    Inkjet Teslin Photo Paper
                                                               Edge Smoothing: OFF
                                                               Epson Natural Color: OFF
 Epson Stylus Photo R800
                                                               High Speed: OFF
                     Laser Teslin Matte Paper Heavyweight
                                                               Select Best Photo and Vivid Color Profile
 HP 950C
                   Laser Teslin Bright White Paper             Highest Quality
 HP With Pigment Based Ink
                  Inkjet Teslin T-Shirt Iron-On                Increasing ink dispersion a notch

Using the enclosed printing template, place your front license image in the
upper left hand cell in the table on the page. Print it. Take the paper out
and flip it over from left to right and not top to bottom. Insert the page into
the printer. You must now place the back of the license in the upper right
cell and delete the front form the other cell. Print. This will print the back
of the ID directly on the back of the front of the ID on the same sheet of

Cut out the ID from the paper. Tracing the dimensions of the ID using a
butterfly pouch is generally helpful. A paper cutter or X-Acto knife is also
helpful. After cutting sheets by hand for a while, I decided I’d rather use the
punch-outs from http://www.arcadiaid.com


You must use thermal laminating in order to bond the butterfly pouch to the
synthetic paper. Once laminated, the card will harden and resemble a PVC
card. You must use a thermal (heat) pouch laminator. Avery, Banner
American, or GBC makes good ones that run around $50.

Place the insert into the butterfly pouch. You must place the card into a
carrier. Run the carrier through the laminator. Immediately following
lamination, it is helpful to place the card under something flat like a book so
that it cools flat.

Generally, it is acceptable to use a generic hologram. Very few people
actually examine the hologram and read what it says on it. I have had my
fake for over two years with a generic hologram on it and I have never had a
problem. If you’re concerned about making something that looks truly
authentic, there are other methods to replicate holograms.

Making a Hologram
The gold holograms on many ID cards are called binary holograms. These
holograms can be easily reproduced using Pearl-Ex paint and Photo-EZ
This product is for making stencils. A stencil is basically the outline of a
picture with the negative part missing. To make the stencil you scan the
hologram off your id, then convert it to an all black image. Next you print
the image on a transparency. A transparency is a transparent sheet of
plastic meant for inkjet printers or lasers. Then you take the transparency
and tape it to the Photo-EZ. You put it out in the sun and all the areas of the
material not covered by the black negative of the holo cures. When washed
the part covered by the negative washes away, leaving you with your
stencil. You will want to order the high resolution material. This product can
be ordered from www.cbridge.com and more information can be found
As for the painting material, the two main ones are Interference Gold (Fine)
made by Golden Acrylics and PERL-EX DUOTONE. The latter of the materials
work best because of the fact it reflects two colors of the spectrum. Perl-Ex
comes as a powder and preparation is needed. These paints are transparent
when viewed from straight on. When viewed from different angles you see
different colors depending on the particular colors of the paint. Perl-Ex
comes in Duo Red-Blue, Duo Blue-Green, and Duo Green-Yellow. Perl-Ex is
available in a lot of places here is one:

You have to buy a Transparent Base made for paints to prepare the Perl-Ex.
A good one is Speedball Transparent Base. You mix in a 1:50 ratio. 1 part
Per- 50 parts base. If you are using Golden acrylics then you use a 5:1 ratio.
5 parts paint 1 part base. When applying the paint in the stencil, you should
use if possible one of those brushes made for screen printing. It is like a
pencil but with a flexible tip. A sponge can be used but extra care needs to
be taken when applying. You want to apply a very thin amount and practice
will be needed to get it right.

On a lot of the new ID's there is a multicolored hologram that reflects the
full spectrum (like a rainbow). This is especially true of most of the Canadian
ids. What you do is pick the two most dominant colors and buy the matching
Perl Ex colors. This will be good enough to reproduce the holo. The holo can
be put directly on the finished ID or before lamination on the inside of the
pouch. If you choice is the inside then remember to put it in the reverse.
Finishing Touches
It is recommended that you sand the edges of the hologram with a very fine
grit sandpaper. This removes the jagged edges of the synthetic paper.
You should lightly sand the front and back of the id to give it a more worn

Lastly, these instructions were to make a 30 mil drivers license that
resembles a PVC card. If you want to make something thinner that bends
corner to corner like licenses in some states, you can remove the front part
of the butterfly pouch and simply laminate the back of the pouch with the
synthetic paper. Many states actually use this method, but with machines
rather than manually.

Have fun and don’t be an idiot with your ID.

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