As identifications become easier to create, the falsifications of these documents are becoming more common and accurate. If you have the authority or if you are in the position to verify someone’s age or identity (either as a doorman in a disco or a cashier in a supermarket asking for identification to sell cigarettes). Before analyzing the bearer of the identification, you must examine the document carefully and pay attention to the most relevant security features.
Identifications vary depending on the country or city where they are issued. Therefore, you need to know the security features of those issued in your city and surrounding regions. Luckily, there is a lot of information available:
‚· For example, some jurisdictions have a guide available to the public where you can check the updated information concerning identity documents.
‚· Keep in mind that there are also applications for smartphones that can help you recognize identifications.
Almost all jurisdictions use microprinting as a security record. This resembles a straight line, but when enlarged 10 times, you can see the words. Use a 10x magnifying glass to see if the identification carries a micro print. This microprinting is located in different places depending on the jurisdiction where it is issued.
Depending on the jurisdiction where they are issued, you will see some security features if you place them against ultraviolet light. For example, some identifications have a second dimmer image of the headline that can only be seen through ultraviolet light.
The barcode contains information that must match the one found on the front of the document. Most counterfeiters encode the information because it is very expensive. Therefore, it scans the barcode and determines if the information has been encoded and if it matches the one indicated on the front.