To make or alter an ID card, you will need a photo editing program such as Photoshop and the knowledge of how to use it. What little I know, I learned by trial and error, using Photoshop help and looking it up how to use Photoshop features on the internet.
When you use Photoshop, you may change the original program setting and end up with a page that has an appearance that is difficult for you to work with. To restore Photoshop to the original program settings, double click on the Photoshop icon to open Photoshop and then very-very quickly press Ctrl+Alt+Shift. It will ask if you want to delete the setting files. Click yes. If you don't get that question, and Photoshop opens normally, you did not press Ctrl+Alt+Shift quick enough. The identical method applies to ImageReady.
Note: This process is kind of finicky and doesn't always work. Another method that works well if you have an image that can be opened with Photoshop is to do the following:
Press and hold Ctrl+Alt+Shift then (right mouse click) a Photoshop image file and select Open.
Also Google reset Photoshop.
Buy an ID Card
Unless they have a method of receiving payment that cannot be traced to any location with the USA, do not buy a fake or novelty driver license from any website located in the USA or Canada. They only sell garbage with misleading ads that imply you will receive a good quality ID. However, if they sold good quality replicas, law enforcement would shut them down. Using my methods is much better than any of the ID cards you buy from sites within the USA or Canada. Before they sht down you could order high quality novelty ID cards from http://www.idchief.ph. They were located in or near China.
Caution: Two people have told me that http://fakeidreview.com/ is a scam. That is a web site claiming to sell off shore IDs from countries outside the influence and jurisdiction of the USA. Apparently one person owns all the sites and writes the reviews to con people into believing that will receive a good quality ID. However, they told me, they sent their money and received nothing in return. And, that they received no responses to their emails. Also, I requested a free sample and received nothing.
The person that owns http://fakeidreview.com/ may also own http://www.underground-review.com/ so be very wary about placing an order from any of their recommended sites.
Update: Sources for ID cards:
1. http://www.idchief.ph/ was legit. However, they closed down in August 2012 due to pressure on China by the US government.
2. Some reviews claim www.idchief.pro and http://www.idchief.info/ are scams and use the name IDChief in their website to fool people into believing ID Chief has reopened.
3. In my opinion, http://www.dmv.ph/index.html is not legit. Although there are a couple of reviews on the site they appear to be in-house reviews that were created a couple of years ago when the site was created. I really don't trust on site reviews; especially, if there are only a couple. Until there is more information, I remain very skeptical and don't recommend ordering from the site. Regardless, the use of a mail drop might be wise since any site could be a site by law-enforcement in order to arrest people that place orders.
Alter an ID Card
If it is a small area such as date of birth, you may be able to scan the ID card, edit the scan, and print the edited portion to Scotch magic tape and overlay the portion you wish to change. It will be necessary to first paint that area of the ID card with washable white paint or some kind of white paint you can remove. I was able to modify the date of birth on the Arkansas ID. However, with most IDs that does not give good results because, in addition to other reasons, the background is not a solid color.
Also, after editing the scan, you could print the face of the ID card to thin glossy photo quality paper and using white glue attach it to the face of the ID card. That way you would retain the back that may have a magnetic strip and/or 2d bar codes. That may be helpful if you are using somebody’s ID to get into a club that scans IDs. For example, you might edit the scan to replace only the photo. That way both your photo and any scan would pass. Of course you could not print a hologram, but you could apply a simulated hologram or perhaps the person looking at and scanning the ID card would not look for the hologram.
Later you could remove the paper and white glue by soaking the ID in warm soapy water. An advantage of white glue is that you can apply the paper and for a couple of seconds slide the paper into the exact position. However, you must be careful or that will result in little bumps.
Although altering an ID card may work in a few limited cases, usually better results are obtained by making a new ID card. If the changes are slight, it may be best to scan the ID card and edit the scan before printing and making an ID card. Otherwise, it will save time and effort if you have an editable ID template.
Methods to Make ID Cards
If you have access to an expensive ID printer that cost $5,000 or more, use it to make an ID card. Otherwise, there are several inexpensive methods to make an ID card.
1: Use an Epson Printer
Unless you are only making a few ID cards, I recommend using one of the Epson inkjet CD/DVD printers such as the R200, R220, R260, R280, R300, R320 and R380. With the above printers, you will also need an ID tray and inkjet ID Cards. Ink will not adhere to PVC so inkjet ID cards have a clear coating similar to the coating on inkjet photo paper or inkjet transparent labels. You can purchase an ID tray and inkjet ID cards on Amazon.com and eBay. Search for words ID tray Epson and inkjet ID cards.
I recommend purchasing an ID tray if you have one of the foregoing Epson CD/DVD printer. You can find the trays on eBay, Amazon.com, and other places. Search or Google ID tray Epson. However, if a tray for your CD/DVD Epson or Cannon printer is not available, you can modify your CD/DVD tray to print ID cards. The instruction for modifying a CD/DVD tray to print inkjet ID cards is located several paragraphs below.
You can also print ID cards using the Epson Artisan 50. However, the Artisan 50 (Epson models P50 or T50 in countries outside the USA) requires special drivers and instructions. Without the speical drivers, it will only print in the designated CD/DVD areas. See the following photo for an ID printed with the Artisan 50 before installing the special drivers:
The following is the same ID printed with the Artisan 50 after installing the special drivers:
If you have an Artisan 50 and need the special drivers and instructions, I will not sell it. However, for proof of a $30 donation to a freedom supporting individual or organization, I will provide without charge a free 600 MB download or DVD that includes a 12 minute walk-through video, additional instructions with screen shots, the drivers for the MAC, Windows, and other opperating systems, additional software and templates, and instructions to design and print ID cards. Don't ask unless you provide proof that you have supported or donated to a freedom supporting person or organization.
Along with your request, email a screen shot of your PayPal donation, email or fax a copy of your credit card statement showing a donation, or send me a check or money made payable to Joseph Banister (www.freedomabovefortune.com), or to most any freedom loving organization such as the Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA), Institute for Justice, Innocence Project, Jail4Judges, We the People Foundation (http://www.givemeliberty.org), Architects & Engineers for 911 truth, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Cato Institute, LewRockwell.com, Campaign For Liberty, Liberty Works Radio Network, or Truth Attack.
The donation need not be recent. For example, if would be acceptable if you made a donation to Ron Paul during his presidential campaign several years ago or any of the freedom supporting organizations. I will not accept any payment for the above. Since i don't want any possibility of being viewed as selling, cash or any check or money order made payable to me or with the Payable to left blank will be returned.
Just email the request to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (870) 216-0050. You may mail a donation, payable to any of the above, to DC Wornock, 36 Meadowview Dr, Texarkana AR 71854.
Inkjet ID cards are durable enough that you cannot scratch the ink off with your fingernail. However, you can make scratch marks with your fingernail similar to how you could make scratch marks on painted walls. Inkjet ID cards are almost waterproof.
Applying clear and/or hologram overlays to inkjet ID cards will make the inkjet ID cards completely waterproof and as durable as any ID card. You can purchase holograms and clear ID card size overlays on eBay.
2: Print to Clear Appliqué Film and Attach to Blank PVC ID Cards
You can also print to matte appliqué film. That has the advantage of hiding the air bubbles that invariable get between the appliqué film and the PVC ID card. However, the matte appliqué film doesn’t have the shinny appearance of most ID cards.
You can also use an inkjet printer and print to inkjet appliqué film. However, inkjet appliqué film requires a coating to absorb the ink and the coating is not water proof. If you need water proof IDs and don’t have a laser printer, print to photo quality paper, take the paper and the clear appliqué film to Kinko’s and copy to the appliqué film. Don’t ask permission; just do it or ask and employee to print it.
How to Apply Appliqué Film with an ID Image to an ID Card: Unless you have excellent hand-eye coordination, it is difficult to place them in the exact position without it overlapping part of the ID card. The following is a method that works for me:
a. Start with the printed image on clear appliqué film, a bottle of rubbing alcohol, a clean work surface such as a countertop, and a sheet of plain white paper.
b. Cut out the ID image that you printed on appliqué film with an extra half inch border all around.
c. Place the sheet of white paper on the clean countertop or work surface and place a PVC ID card on the white paper. Make certain the ID card is spotlessly clean. Any speck of dust will result in bump on the appliqué film.
d. Spread two or three drops of rubbing alcohol and visually check that no dust has settled. The rubbing alcohol will temporarily coat the adhesive on the back of the appliqué film making it slippery and easy to slide into position on the ID card.
e. Place the appliqué film with the image of your ID card on the PVC ID card, slide into position, and press the overlapping edges onto the paper, thereby locking the appliqué film into position on the ID card.
f. From center outward press out all the air and alcohol bubbles. Let it set for two hours so that the adhesive will start bonding to the ID card. Then press out any air bubbles that may have formed at the edges of the ID and let it set up for another eight or more hours. By then most of the alcohol will have been absorbed into the adhesive or at least the bond will be strong enough to work with.
g. Take a pair of very good scissors such as Fiskars Razor Edged and trim to the edge of the ID card. Take care not to cut the ID card. You can sand the edges with emery cloth. However, if you trim well, that will not be necessary.
h. Turn the ID card over and repeat for the back side. It may take another week before all the alcohol has evaporated and you have a good enough bond to subject the ID card to hard usage.
Note: You cannot use alcohol with inkjet ID cards.
3: Print on Presentation Paper or Brochure Paper
Presentation paper or brochure paper is identical in appearance to photo paper except much thinner. You can attach the paper with white glue and for a second or two you can slide the paper into position to make slight alignment adjustments. However, you must spread the white glue completely and with a uniform thickness or it will results in bumps that you can feel, even if not visible. Obviously paper is not water proof or as durable but the appearance is outstanding.
4: Print to 10 mil synthetic paper such as iGage, Teslin, or Artisyn.
In some ways this produces the best ID cards. It is waterproof and is the most durable. Also, if you apply a clear or hologram overlay, you don’t have the problem of air bubbles.
With a hologram overlay, the appearance will be identical to PVC ID cards. The back side probably doesn’t matter and if so, just apply a clear appliqué film overlay. Other than the labor involved, the only disadvantage is that the resulting ID card is only half as stiff as a PVC ID card. The instructions to make an ID card with 10 mil synthetic paper are as follows:
1. Print the front side of one to four ID cards to plain bond paper. Turn the paper over and print the back side.
2. Printers are not perfect. Therefore, it is likely that you will need to make a small adjustment to the margin when printing the back side so that the front and back sides overlay perfectly.
3. When the front and back side overlay perfectly, print the front side to a sheet of synthetic paper and the back side to another sheet and turn that sheet over.
4. Place a third sheet of synthetic paper between the two sheets with front and backs sides out. After stacking or lining up the paper, staple two rows of staples, a couple of inches apart, along the bottom. This will hold the three sheets of synthetic paper with the images in position.
5. Cut two pieces of paper large enough to cover all the printed images and tape around the printed images. This will protect the images from dirt and the 3M Super 77 adhesive spray that somehow finds a way to get on surfaces where it is unwanted.
6. Lift the top two sheets and spray 3M Super 77 adhesive on the insides of the bottom two sheets. Lift the top sheet and spray 3M Super 77 adhesive on the insides of the top two sheets. When applying 3M Super 77 adhesive, for the strongest bond, the adhesive should be applied to both sides that go together. Press the sheets together following the instructions on the can. That will form an excellent bond and the adhesive will fuse the three sheets together so that after trimming, the edges will not have visible layers.
7. You can then remove the protective paper on the front and back and, using a very good pair of scissors such as FISHARS Razor Edged, cut the images to make you ID cards. I prefer to overlay the image with an ID card, using the ID card as a guide to cut the ID(s) to the exact size. Take care that the ID card doesn’t slip when trimming and that you don’t cut the ID card. You may need to sand the edges, especially the round corners, with emery cloth.
5: Butterfly Pouches and Laminating
Perhaps More common, but I don't recommend it, is printing on synthetic paper (common trade names are iGage, Teslin and Artisyn) and inserting inside 10 mil butterfly pouches and laminating. In theory, you can use an iron instead of buying a laminator. However, I made numerous attempts with an iron and all were unsatisfactory. The pouches take on the texture of whatever you iron it on. I even tried plate glass but even that didn’t look right. I tried ironing on paper and it bonded to the paper or else it wasn’t hot enough and the butterfly pouches partly separated from the synthetic paper at the edges.
Most laminators will not work because they are not made for the thirty mil thickness of PVC ID cards. Typically, the maximum thickness for most laminators is about 10 mills. Arcadia (http://www.arcadiaid.com/) sells 30 mil laminators with temperature controls for about $50 plus shipping. That gives much better results but, if the adhesive used gets on the rollers, the laminators don’t last long. Also, the heat warps the synthetic paper and butterfly pouch IDs. That requires extra steps to prevent or minimize warping and then you must trim and sand the edges.
Finally, even if you do everything right, and it requires a lot of time and effort, the result only simulate the appearance of PVC ID cards. They may not stand up to close inspection. In any event, you can purchase the complete system with laminator, exacto knife, and butterfly pouches from Arcadia to make 10 ID cards for about $90.
Regardless, I prefer printing ID Cards using an Epson R280 or other CD/DVD Printers. The cost is only slightly more money than butterfly pouches and a laminator, and it requires far less effort. For those living in or near a large city, on Craigslist you may be able to purchase a used R280 for about $40 so the total cost can even be less than the purchasing a laminator, synthetic paper, and butterfly pouches.
I scanned at 600 dpi a college ID card and printed the image to an inkjet ID cards and, when I put them side by side, I had to turn the ID cards over to be certain which was which. The results were that good. The inkjet ID cards are waterproof. After drying for a few minutes you cannot wash the ink off using a liberal portion of liquid detergent and hot water.
How to Modify a CD/DVD Tray to Print ID Cards (Not recommend if you can purchase an ID tray)
The following are the instructions for modifying a CD/DVD tray that you can then use to print inkjet PVC ID cards:
1. Find some smooth cardboard the thickness of the 30 mil ID card but not more than the thickness of the 50 mil CD/DVDs. If you have the tools, patterns made with 30 mil or 1/32” plastic, PVC, or laminates for counter-tops are better.
2. Cover both sides of the cardboard with clear uncoated appliqué film such as Chartpak DAFC8. This is not required but it allows you to wash off the ink that will invariable get on the cardboard.
3. Use the CD/DVD insert for printing to mini CD/DVD to make an adapter to hold an inkjet ID card. The following photo is a pattern made using the R280 CD/DVD insert.
You can download the exact size pattern for the Epson R280 CD/DVD tray at
https://www.adrive.com/public/18c46d710de33fe93f215e6168fac3731c746a516b0d94f6c5d15a9f82186c53/ID Pattern - Modified CD Tray.tif
Except for the shape of the outer perimeter the pattern can be used for any CD/DVD printer. The diameter, which is the diameter of a CD, will be the same.
4. Using the pattern cut the adapter for the ID cards. Cut as accurate as possible so there are no gaps larger than 1/16”. This allows a smooth surface so the printer will not be damaged.
5. Drill a 5/8” diameter hole in the center of the tray to remove the raised portion in the tray that locks the CD/DVDs in place. You will still be able to use the tray to print CDs and DVDs.
Applying a Hologram Overlay or a Clear ID Card Overlay
How to Apply a Hologram Overlay: There are two problems that may occur when applying a hologram to an ID card. The first is proper alignment and the second is air bubbles under the hologram. Air bubbles are not a problem when applying a hologram to synthetic paper such as Teslin, Artisyn, or iGage or any porous material. However, air bubbles can be a problem when applying a hologram to ID cards and other smooth, non-porous surfaces. Although it takes practice to get it right, the solution I found for both problems is as follows:
1. First you will need something with a rounded straight edge that will slide over the hologram while pressing down. What works for me is a common 2 x 3 inch plastic letter opener. It is the right size to hold in your hand and it has a straight rounded edge that slides easily over the hologram.
2. Remove (cut) 1/8th to 1/4 inch of the paper backing off one end of the hologram overlay.
3. Carefully align the hologram on top of the ID card and use the letter opener to press down on the hologram to attach the end with the paper removed. You can also just press with your finger. Even though it is just a 1/8th to 1/4th inch, I use the letter opener to eliminate any risk of having air bubbles under that end.
4. Then lifting the hologram with the remaining paper backing vertical or a little past vertical, press down with the letter opener and slide the letter opener across the hologram. This also removes the paper backing at the same time. It is best to slide the letter opener across the hologram in one smooth operation without stopping. Otherwise, it will result is very slightly visible stripes on the hologram. Apparently, stopping and starting prevents the adhesive from remaining a uniform thickness. However, if you must stop, don't worry about it.
Print ID Cards Using an Inkjet Printer
If you modify your CD/DVD tray and make an adapter to hold an ID, you will not need a template. However, you may need instructions. The instructions are as follows:
1. Set your Epson Printer as default printer.
2. Create the image for your ID card and size it Width: 3.375” and Height: 2.125”.
3. Open the ID image in Photoshop.
4. Click on File, select Print with Preview, and <Enter>.
5. In the page that opens click Page Setup and select Size: A4 (210 x 297 mm); and Source: CD/DVD, and click OK.
6. Uncheck the box Center Image and set Position: Top: 1.48”; Left: 1.125”. Those are the top and left positions for an R280 and Artisan 50. If your printer is different, measure the distance from the edge of the printing to the edge of the ID and add or subtract the difference to the top and/or left positions.
7. Click Print then click Properties. Choose Quality Option: Best Photo.
8. Set Paper Options as follows: Source: CD/DVD; Type CD/DVD. Size should already be A4.
9. Select Best Photo, check Photo Enhance then Click OK and Click OK to print.
The above instructions are limited so if you need better instruction send me an email requesting the same and I will email you a template and a MS Word file with better instructions, complete with screen shots.
State issued driver licenses have a hologram overlay and none of the holograms you can buy from companies located in the USA or Canada are even remotely similar.
Update: The foregong link (valid in 2012) may no longer be valid. Therefore, I suggest that you Google:
You may be able to purchase very accurate holograms for Florida and some other states as follows:
Ji Guan Laser Technology Co., Ltd.
Grace Wong Ji Guan Laser Technology Co., Ltd. Ms. Grace Wong was the sales agent so be sure to contact her.
Since the holograms must pass through Customs, a mail drop is recommended.
Unless you purchase a similar hologram overlay or make a simulated hologram, I cannot recommend making a fake driver license. That is because, I believe, almost everyone knows to check for a hologram on a state issued ID card or driver license.
How to Make a Simulated ID Hologram
1. Order Stencil Pro Starter Kit: (http://www.store.cbridge.com/c/STP-KIT/StencilPro+Starter+Kits.html).
2. Order a small bottle of PearlEx Pigments. Brilliant Gold and Pearlwhite appear to be the most reflective but almost any color will work. A used bottle or bottles from eBay may be the lowest price choice. A teaspoon full is all you will need for a few hundred ID cards so don’t be concerned about the quantity in the bottle.
3. Order an 8 oz bottle of SpeedBall transparent base. Any thick transparent paint will do.
4. Make a black and white copy of the hologram(s) that are on your ID card or driver license. If it is a state seal, Google to find a photo file of the appropriate state seal.
5. Print a black and white image of the hologram on the transparency film supplied with the Stencil Pro Starter Kit. Increasing the print density is better. The ink or toner should be a carbon base. Set your printer to the highest density. If not dense enough to make a good stencil, find another printer or make a copy on a copy machine. If your state seal hologram is 2 inches in diameter, it will be easy to make a good stencil. Small diameter (less than 1 inch) state seals holograms will have fine lines that light can diffuse under.
6. Follow the instruction that come with the Stencil Pro Starter Kit to make the stencil. Make certain to lay the transparency film with the printed face on top of the Stencil Pro. Otherwise, the thickness of the transparency film is enough for light to diffuse under any fine lines. In sunlight the exposure time given in the instructions may be on the high side. My best results were 2/3rds of the stated exposure time. Cut several test pieces and make test stencils with varying exposure times to determine the best results.
7. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of PearlEx to 1/4 cup of Speedball transparent base and apply to the stencil. The Stencil Pro starter kit comes with a squeegee but I obtained better results by dipping my finger into the mixture and applying with my finger using little circle motions.
8. Allow a little time to dry. If you can rotate the image and not see the hologram image, mix another 1/4 teaspoon of Pearl EX to the base. Keep adding and mixing 1/4 teaspoon of PearlEx until the image is barely visible when rotated to be least visible or until the simulated hologram looks good. If you add too much Pearl EX, add and mix a couple tablespoons of the base to your mixture.
Before making the simulated hologram, make certain the stencil, your hands, and work area are completely dry; otherwise the stencil will stick. Especially, if applying to inkjet PVC ID cards start with everything very dry and after applying the mixture to the stencil, don’t delay; remove the stencil (you don't have to rush). The coating for inkjet PVC ID cards has an adhesive that will glue itself to the stencil if the stencil is not completely dry or if the stencil remains on too long after applying the base with the Pearl EX.
Changing Driver License Numbers (DLN): Your state may have an algorithm that matches the DLN to the name and DOB. Before making your DL number, check out the following websites:
If you have a Florida, Wisconsin, or any of the states listed on the first site, you should to use the program listed on the foregoing sites to create a DL number. It is quick and easy. The last digit, usually 0, is omitted. The last digit is a counter for situations when more than one person has the same name and DOB.
Design an ID Card
Designing an ID card requires the most effort unless you use a template such as a template from The Ultimate Fake ID Guide 2011 Version 8.rar and you can download at: https://www.adrive.com/public/sAFDqM/The Ultimate Fake ID Guide 2011 Version 8.exe
Also I created several ID card templates that you can download at:
There are somewhat restricted books available that shows the driver licenses of the various states and countries. There is one for the USA and Canada. Also, the International Edition shows the driver licenses and IDs for countries other than the USA and Canada. I was able to obtain the international version. I used it to make several templates including the Dutch template.
I have scanned, at 600 dpi, all 288 pages so if you want the scans of the pages for any foreign countries, except Canada, call or send me an email and I will email them to you. The files are very large so I can only email two or three countries. If you need more, I can provide a link so you can download the pages.
The following are driver licenses photos that I used to make the Dutch template:
The following is a template I made using the above and other photos.
If you are 18,19, or 20 and wish to exercise your natural right to enter a club, then I can recommend the Dutch ID template. It is made to be read in Dutch, French, and English. Unless the person asking for your ID has and refers to the book of the International IDs, It is highly unlikely that he or she will even know what a Dutch or other foreign ID card looks like. Also, most people don’t like to be rude to visitors from other countries so it will probably accepted as valid provided you take care in making it.
However, I didn’t wish to provide a fake Dutch ID template so in microprint on the front along the bottom and in much larger letters on the back, it says in part, This card is not an official documents and this card is not issued by the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Well, that is what it says if you translate it into English. Since it is a Dutch ID card, it reads, Deze kaart is geen beambtedocumenten en deze kaart wordt door het Koninkrijk van Nederland niet uitgebracht. I don’t believe the doormen at most clubs are language experts and that they can read most every language.
The template is a Photoshop file with a text layer that you can edit. Since some months are different for Dutch and English, both are shown. Female is shown as V/F. Since the Dutch word for male is man, male is show as single letter M; not M/M. On the back side, edit the bottom three lines. They include the Document No. separated by a number followed by the Pers No. The next line is year, month, and day of birth separated by a letter followed by Expiry year, month, and day. The bottom is the name. The text of the forgoing was changed from black to red so they are easily found. After editing, change the red text to black.
In the example, I show place of birth as United States. My thinking being that the mother could have married a Dutch and that could explain why you don’t speak with an accent and perhaps have dual citizenship. However, the Dutch learn English in school so that may not be necessary or even best.
Finally, it may help if you can add a hologram overlay or add a simulated hologram. The overlay not only helps protect the image, if needed, it also helps make a very professional and official appearing ID card.