Bouncer Tips: How to Spot Fraudulent Licenses

Whether it is a Bar fight or an underage drinker; The staff in a drinking pub has to stay vigilant enough to avoid unwanted trouble and, remain a successful business. The recent crackdown on fraudulent licenses in the state of New York has been effective to curb the menace to some extent.

As reported, there have been extraordinary steps like using potential apps to identify people. A person hired by a Bar or pub can use our guide below to detect and spot flaws in any fake license.

Check the Card Holder’s Body Language

Underage people know that using a fake ID is wrong and that if they get caught, they can get into a lot of trouble. This is why when guards are checking a person’s ID card, they need to pay attention to their body language. It will tell them everything.

People using fake IDs are usually very nervous when the bouncer has their ID in their hands. There are so many tales about this. With time and experience, a good guard will learn to recognize a lot of them.

The most obvious signs that any guard can identify even as a rookie are facial expressions. If the card holder appears extremely nervous, cannot look at the guard directly in the eyes, keeps looking around, is biting their lip or is fidgeting in general, it is most likely true that they are very nervous. This nervousness can be an indication that they are using a fake ID.

These weird acts can draw attention easily, so guards must make sureto observe the card holders while are checking their IDs. One’s senses can help them tell whether they are afraid the fake ID will be spotted.

Inspect the Alignment

Genuine ID cards have all the information (such as name, birth date, and address) in a single column, so all the information will be aligned with each other. The easiest way to check the alignment is by seeing whether the first letter in each row is right below each other.

Many fake IDs do not have proper alignment of these letters, as they do not pay much attention to such small details. It is one of the easiest giveaways of a fake ID.

Inconsistency in Fonts

The fonts used on any ID card are always the same. The case is similar for the font color. Guards can get a better understanding of the fonts used for each state ID card when studying it.

Often, fake IDs have huge inconsistencies in their fonts or font colors. While one row may be in black, the other can be in red or blue. Similarly, one row could be in a certain font and the other in a different one.

Even if the font and colors are consistent throughout, the biggest difference can lie in the style and color of the ID card. This is mostly because fake IDs are not made by standardized machines, so variations can occur.

Look at the Holograms

Move the ID card back and forth. This will cause an image to shine in the background. These images are called holograms and are not visible when the card is lying flat. Movement will show the rainbow or other colors of the hologram printed on the ID card.

With an actual ID card, one will need to move the card to see the holograms. If the guard has been handed an ID card that has really bright and shiny holograms all the time, even when they keep it on the table, they can be sure that it is not real. The reason holograms are added is so guards can tell fake ID cards since it is not easy to insert a hologram that is only visible when moving.

Check the Edges

When a real ID card is cut, all the edges are smoothened out. On the other hand, fake IDs can have rough edges. One good way of identifying whether the edges are smooth is by bending the card from different sides and inspecting the edges. The uniformity of the edges will tell whether the card is fake or not.

If the ID card has an edge that may be thin and coming apart, it is a sure tell that it is fake. Anyone can even run their finger along the edges of the card to check the smoothness of the edges. If there is any sharpness or roughness, they will be able to feel it via touch.

Inspect the Magnetic Strip Under Light

The magnetic strip on ID cards can also be used to tell whether they are real or not. All someone needs to do is shine a flashlight on it and check if they can see the light on the other side of the card. If they can, then the card is not real.

A real magnetic strip does not become transparent under light and will not allow light to shine through to the other side. This is why security guards should always have a small flashlight handy.

How to Handle a Group of People

Another thing that guards need to note is that there are some places that serve drinks and allow people of all ages mingle. At such an establishment, the bouncers will have to be extra careful when someone orders drinks for a group of people.

They need to ask the customer for IDs of all those who will be drinking (if they look underage) to make sure alcoholic drinks are not served to the wrong people. These cases can be a little difficult to handle. Guards just have to pay attention when checking IDs.

Misconceptions About Bouncers

Bouncers at the door are responsible for guarding the place and making sure no underage people are let in. They are the ones who will be checking ID cards and making sure the customers entering the establishment do not have fake IDs. However, the responsibility does not end there.

Anyone who follows the drinking industry closely will know that there are fake id websites providing fake Ids which scans on different scanners installed in various stations andbars. The bartender and everyone else working at the bar or club are also responsible for making sure they do not serve anyone underage.

If a case of underage drinking was to pop up, the bouncer alone will not be responsible. The management will be too. That being said, the majority of the responsibility of ensuring underage people do not enter the premises lies with the bouncer. Hence, they need to be extra careful.

Melissa Thompson
Melissa Thompson writes about a wide range of topics, revealing interesting things we didn't know before. She is a freelance USA Today producer, and a Technorati contributor.