Penn State Safe & Aware

Carrying a Fake ID

It is illegal for anyone under 21 to use or posses a fake ID.

You can be charged for the following behaviors:

  • Creating, altering, or selling a fake ID
  • Being in possession of a fake ID (whether or not you intend to use it)
  • Misrepresenting oneself as 21 or older for the purpose of obtaining alcohol
  • Using another person's ID to obtain or attempt to obtain alcohol

A conviction of possessing false identification is a summary offense. The fines, jail time, and license suspensions increase with each additional offense.


Penalty 1st Offense 2nd Offense 3rd Offense
Fine * $0 - $300 $0- $500 $0- $500
Jail Time 0 - 90 days 0 - 1 year0 - 1 year

* There may be additional court fees.

Every bar in Pennsylvania is required to check for fake ID cards. A fake ID conviction is an honesty crime and can keep you from getting jobs and internships, especially in the banking industry.