What is a fake passport or fake ID? What are forgery laws?

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Old Sep 24th, 2009, 07:33 PM   #1
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A fake passport is a passport (or another travel document) issued by governing bodies and then copied and/or modified by persons not authorized to create such documents or engage in such modifications, for the purpose of deceiving those who would view the documents about the identity or status of the bearer. The term also encompasses the activity of acquiring passports from governing bodies by falsifying the required supporting documentation in order to create the desired identity.

The Crime of Forgery

Documents that convey real property such a land, houses, ships, automobiles and other items of value are subject to fraudulent transactions by way of forgery. Wills, checks and passports often have been forged, manipulated, with unauthorized, altered or otherwise fraudulent signatures are common. Forgery is often used in the wrongful Terminations of employees. "The law and the courts have no tolerance for forgery and it is not defensible."

What Is the Definition of Forgery?

The Black's Law, American College, and Random House dictionaries along with the court citations below define FORGERY as:

The making, drawing, or altering a document with the intent to defraud. A signature made without the person knowing of or consenting to it.

The law and the courts say:

The Modern Penal Code (MPC sec. 224.1) states that a person is guilty of forgery if:
a) a actor or person alters any writing of any person,
b) makes, completes, executes, authenticates, issues, or transfers any writing so that it purports to be an act of another who did not authorize the act or to have been at the time or place or in a numbered sequence other than was in fact the case, or to be a copy of an original when no such original existed; or
c) utters any writing which he knows to be forged.

"Forgery is a crime when it includes the representation of handwriting of another and the act of uttering as true and genuine any forged writing knowing the same to be forged with intent to prejudice, damage, and defraud any person."
State v. May 93 Idaho 343, 461 P. 2d 126, 129.

"Crime of forgery is committed when one makes or passes a false instrument with the intent to defraud, and the element of loss or detriment is immaterial."
People v. McAffey, 182 Cal. App.2d 486, 6 Cal. Rptr. 333,337

"The false making of an instrument, which purports on the face of it to be good and valid for purposes for which it was created, with design to defraud any person or persons."
State v. Goranson, 67 Wash.2d 456, 408 P.2d 7,9.

U.S. News: Fake U.S. Passports Easy to Get?

by CNN.com

A congressional investigation has exposed gaping holes in security eight years after the September 11 terrorist attacks, a government report says.

An investigator used a false identification to obtain a U.S. passport and then used the passport to get an airline boarding pass and go through an airport security checkpoint, according to the Government Accountability Office.

The GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, said its undercover investigator conducted four tests of the passport issuance system and "easily" obtained passports every time.

Individuals with "even minimal counterfeiting capabilities" can obtain genuine U.S. passports, which can be used to travel overseas, open bank accounts and prove U.S. citizenship, the GAO report says.



An investigator used fake documents to obtain a U.S. passport, a congressional report says.

Passport Forgery Laws: Questions & Answers

I know if you get caught with a fake drivers license trying to buy alcohol you can lose your real drivers license. If I am caught trying to buy alcohol with a fake Mexican Passport, what kind of trouble can I get into?

Forgery. Counterfeiting Fraud. Did you use the telephone to get the fake passport? Did he call you to tell you it was ready? Then that's wire fraud.


Can convicted felons get passports to travel out of country on vacation?

Unless they are under some specific ongoing travel restriction as part of their sentence -- or are still on parole -- then yes.

A passport is just an identification that says you have the right to travel as a US citizen -- other than losing their citizenship, or losing the right to travel as part of their specific sentence -- felony status does not impact.


Can you secure a U.S. passport with a minor felony?

It is possible that you can get a passport. It depends on how long ago your crime was, what your crime was, etc. What you have to do is look at this web page U.S. Department of State: Passport, start the process, and then see what happens.


What is the punishment for a fake British passport?

You can be imprisoned and deported.


Is every forgery a crime?

Forgery is a crime. When it involves your signature it is the theft of your identity. Although a true forgery is a crime not every crime is actionable or subject to prosecution.
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Thanks DG--that is the info I was asking for!!
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Fake Passports for Sale is a felony!!
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What if fake passport folder impersonating on someone's passport acquires citizenship of other country to escape punishment ?
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Well that is clearly an even more severe crime.
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What is the penalty if you applied for a job with a fake (Photoshop) black and white paper photocopy of a US passport outside USA and they reported you to the local US Embassy?
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who do you tell if you know someone has falsely put the wrong country of birth in their passport application?
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who do you tell if you know someone has falsely put the wrong country of birth in their passport application?
Unless the person has documentation showing their country of birth, the immigration officials will figure it out when they review the application.
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The authorities. Who issue passports for that country.

They will take it from there.
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