What Is the Punishment & Defenses to Having a Fake ID?

Having a fake ID, a violation of Penal Code § 470(b), is considered a form of forgery.  It can be a felony or a misdemeanor, depending upon the person’s prior history and the facts of the case.  If brought as a misdemeanor, the punishment can be up to a year in jail; if brought as a felony, it can be up to three years in state prison, plus court fines up to $10,000, plus penalties and assessments.  To read more about § 470(b), including the defenses to this offense, click on the following link.


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