Using A Fake ID In Georgia Is A Bigger Deal Than You Might Think

by | Mar 14, 2022

Under Georgia Code Title 16. Crimes and Offenses §16.9.4, “It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly possess, display, or use any false, fictitious, fraudulent, or altered identification…”.

Doing so means you’re liable for a year or longer imprisonment.

Suppose a minor used a fake ID to purchase alcohol. In that case, there could be accompanying penalties and charges, including “minor in possession of alcohol” or “minor in possession of drugs.”

A student can also face academic probation or suspension from school. The student may also face disciplinary action from the school, depending on its student code of conduct.

The fake ID user will have a permanent misdemeanor record for fraud or misrepresentation if convicted. This charge may also make obtaining employment, housing, and financial aid difficult.

Read on to understand why using a fake ID in Georgia is a bigger deal than you might think and the legal implications and consequences that come with it.


The Consequences of Using A Fake ID In Georgia


Under Georgia law, specifically Code § 16-9-4, several activities involving false identification documents are considered illegal. This includes knowingly possessing, displaying, or using any false, fictitious, fraudulent, or altered identification document.

Moreover, it is illegal to manufacture, alter, sell, distribute, deliver, or possess with intent to sell, deliver, or distribute any false identification document or any identification document that contains any false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry.

Legal Penalties

The legal consequences for these offenses vary:

  • Misdemeanor Charges: A first-time violation involving simple possession, display, or use of a false ID is typically treated as a misdemeanor. However, subsequent offenses elevate to felony charges.
  • Felony Charges: The law imposes felony penalties for repeated offenses or more severe violations, such as manufacturing or distributing false IDs, with fines up to $25,000 and imprisonment for up to three years.
  • Severe Violations: For individuals involved in manufacturing, altering, selling, or distributing three or more false identification documents, the penalties can be as severe as 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

Special Considerations for Minors

For individuals under 21, using a false ID to access age-restricted venues or purchase age-restricted products results in a misdemeanor charge on a first offense. A repeat offense escalates to a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature.


Contact Frye Law Group For Legal Representation


At Frye Law Group, we understand the seriousness of using a fake ID in Georgia and the impact it can have on your future. Our team of skilled attorneys has experience defending clients facing charges for using fake IDs and can provide you with dedicated legal representation.

If you or a loved one is facing charges for using a fake ID in Georgia, don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation. We are committed to providing the most effective defense to protect your rights and future. So, it’s always better to avoid using fake IDs and stay on the right side of the law. Remember, honesty is the best policy. Stay safe and make responsible choices!