How to Make a Fake ID for Free

Getting a fake ID can come in handy for a few reasons, but getting one made can be costly. The other best option, in this case, would be to make an ID by yourself. It is not a difficult task as long as you know what steps to take.

However, another important factor you should know is that if you get caught using a fake ID, you can go to jail and pay a large amount of money in fines. Most people checking fake IDs are trained to spot them, so if you still want to go ahead with a fake ID, you need to make sure it is perfect in every way.

Things You Will Need

Before you begin your journey, you will need to make sure you have the following items on hand:

  • ID card – keep the card you want to duplicate as it will help you on the way.
  • Editing software – as you will be making the fake ID template on your computer, you will need editing software. Photoshop is one of the easiest tools available.
  • Scanner and printer – high-quality ones are preferred.
  • Laminator – one that can handle thick laminating.
  • Paper – you can easily get Teslin paper from an art shop or online. Make sure you use the right size, preferably 4 x 6 so that your card can easily be printed on it. Also, the paper needs to be compatible with your printer. Another option is an artisan paper.
  • Butterfly laminate pouches – you can find them online easily and in art shops as well. If you go for online shopping, you might be able to find some websites that offer paper along with the pouches.
  • Other accessories – ruler, scissors/scalpel, and sandpaper.

If you want to go all out with your fake ID, keep these items as well:

  • Hologram overlays – you can get them online, but since you will have to stick them onto your card, you will have to be very careful.
  • Magnetic stripe encoder – these will be a little expensive but will make your card even more authentic.
  • Hair straightener – it sounds silly that you will need this item, but it will come in handy when you want to get the hologram from the ID you want to copy.

Get the Card Ready

Example of Colorado (DL) card

Make sure the card you are using is an old one and is not useful for anyone anymore. As you will be making a template out of it, it will be useless by the end. As we just mentioned, start by making a template of the old card.

Holograms on any card that you want to copy will need to be removed, so remember that it will become completely useless once you are done with making another card. This is done so that there is no interference when the card is scanned. The authenticity of your card will be dependent on the quality of the template.

If the card you are using has scratches or is dirty, make sure to clean it up and then remove the hologram by using something that is or mimics a hot iron. The options are a curling iron, hair straightener or anything with a hot and flat surface.

Allow the gadget to heat and gently press it down, starting from the edges of the card. Do not leave the iron on as it will burn the surface. Quickly move the iron on the surface of the card, and make sure there is no melting. Do this until the top laminate part of the card peels off easily.

Try not to take off anything from the background, but even if you do, it’s okay as you can fix it later in the editing software.

Scan the Card

Once the hologram is gone, keep the card in the scanner and set the quality to maximum so that you get the best result from scanning. Start the scanner and let the picture appear on your computer. If you feel that some text or background pattern is missing, you will need to repair that when you start editing.

Editing Software

To improve the quality of the scanned ID card and to make it your own, you will need to use editing software. Choose one that you are familiar with or just go with Photoshop as it is easy to use.

Photoshop ID Editing Tutorial

We will edit with Photoshop to remove all the text left on the scanned image and to up the quality of the ID card. First of all, an obvious step, you will need to open the image in the editing software. If you want to use the ID card for every use possible, change the ID type to “full clearance.”

After that, choose the Clone Stamp tool and alt-click the area around the text that needs to be changed. Make sure that the brush size you have chosen is a perfect fit for that area. Clear up slowly and section after section so that it is completely covered and perfectly matches the background. After this, you will need to change the text, so click over the adjacent section.

Once all the text has been removed, you will have to retype all of it. This is done because the scanned text looks horrible. You can easily retype with the Type tool. The font of your edited ID must be the same as the actual ID. Usually, Helvetica Condensed or Helvetica is used for official typing, but make sure that is the case with the card you are using before you use it.

If you feel that the background or typing has any problem and does not fit the overall look and feel of the ID card, use the Clone Stamp tool again to remove the issue. Make sure there is no color left unchanged.

If you don’t want to choose this tool, go for the Marquee Select tool. This is for areas that are not so hard to fix. All you have to do is copy a part of the area next to your desired one and paste.

Now, it is time to fix any header, texture or part of the background of the card that the scanning left out. You will need to clean up the entire look of the card so that it looks as authentic as possible. How good you are at fixing this part will show when you print the card.

Take a thorough look at the scanned card and mark all the issues you can spot with a box. If you see any text left behind, make sure that it cannot be seen by making layers (use the Layer tab on the right and click on the eyeball on the text you need to clear).

This step is important and will ensure that your background and the rest of the card is perfect. Try to select the box, take the Marquee Select tool over the desired area and highlight. This works best for areas that have square corners. For ones with rounded corners, you will need to use the Magic Wand to cover up.

If you are still confused about how to fix the background, do a little web search and learn more about the editing software so that you can get a better hang of it.

One of the last steps that you may want to take with Photoshop is to include a pattern overlay. Create the required pattern in another layer and blend it over the card. These are also available online. So, purchasing one makes the job easier.

Example of Texas (DL) Overlay

Once you select Pattern Overlay and the pattern you made, lower the opacity level and you will be done. if you are looking for a specific feel, feel free to play with the opacity level until you have what you need. These minute details will not be very clear when the card gets printed and laminated.

Go over these steps again for any other box you need to fix, bring up any hidden text layers, paste your picture in the white box, and finish up your ID card.


Once your card is ready on Photoshop and you have saved it as an image on your computer (after making sure all dimensions are correct), you will need to print. Take the paper you want to use, be it artisan or Teslin, and put it in the printer. 

In our opinion, the best thing you can do is run a few tests on regular paper so that you can get the alignment correct and make sure it fits in the area it should. Once aligned, go to Photoshop and choose Print Preview and then Page Setup. Check the page size, choose 4 x 6 and save. Go to Print and choose Properties; make sure it’s at photo printing – borderless and then press Print.

Once you have the print, do not take the card out of the perforation as you need to print the other side as well.

You will need to select the same steps that you did for the front side. All you will have to do then is flip over the paper you used, put it back into the printer and press Print.

After that is done, you can take the card out. In case the card did not print into the perforated area, with the help of a ruler/scissor/scalpel, trim the card into its original shape. Even if some areas are cut, it’s okay; your main concern should be the overall look of the finished product.


After printing, you will need to laminate the card. Keep in mind that Teslin paper sticks much better to laminating than any other type, which makes the overall sticking much stronger. This, in turn, will make sure that your card does not come apart.

Arizona (DL) Laminate

Make sure the laminator you use can easily handle the thickness of the pouch you are using. Also, ensure that you use hot lamination as it will give you good results.

Once you have turned your laminator on, you need to let it heat. While that is happening, prepare your card by putting it in the laminating pouch. Since it’s a butterfly pouch, make sure the top of the card is next to the seam of the pouch. If you want to secure the card in its place, you can use very limited super glue.

When the laminator is good to go, put in the card with the top first. Once it’s done, let the card cool down before you put your hands on it. In case it feels the lamination has not been done properly, put the card back in the hot laminator and repeat the step.


When you have the card ready, you will probably have to smooth off the edges. For that, you will need to cut the extra lamination off and sand the edges. You can use a ruler/scalpel/scissor for cutting. You need to be extra careful with the edges of the card while using the sandpaper so that you do not turn them up.

If you are happy with the product in your hand, you can stick on the hologram overlay. For that, you need to peel off the back and stick it while making sure you do not mess up the lining.

To ensure that there are no bubbles, it is best to do this in a vacuum. If you can’t create an environment like that, try to remove the bubbles with your fingers while you are sticking the hologram. It isn’t easy to do so, so you need to be careful.

It is best to remove the hologram and repeat this step if the sticking isn’t perfect. You can also use a rolling pin or the like to push out the air bubbles.

Lastly, to give the card the ability to swipe, use the magnetic stripe encoder. Once you are done with that, your fake ID will be completely ready.