We have gathered the following New Jersey Fake ID laws and statutes for your reference. Offenses in this category range from the tampering with government records to the use of fake identification, commonly used by minors to obtain alcohol. These charges are commonly issued along with the related charges of underage alcohol possession, underage DWI or underage drinking in New Jersey, depending on the circumstances of the arrest. The statutes provided below are meant only to serve as general information. If you have been charged under one of the following statutes, please contact Villani & DeLuca, P.C. at (732) 709-7757 for a free consultation.
Fake ID Laws in NJ:
- 2C:28-7. Tampering with public records. – The offense of tampering with public records or information pertains to the act of falsely altering or presenting any document issued by the government for information purposes. Unlawfully destroying, removing, or impairing the verity or availability of these records is also an offense under this statute. Tampering with public records or information is normally a disorderly offense, but may be elevated to a fourth or third degree crime depending on the offender's intent.
- 2C:21-2.1. Fake ID. – A person who knowingly sells, or possesses with intent to sell a false identifying document such as a birth certificate or driver's license is guilty of a second degree crime. The act of making or possessing equipment for the purpose of making false ID is also a crime of the second degree. In addition, a person may be found guilty of a third degree crime for knowingly displaying or using a false ID.
- 33:1-81. Misrepresenting age to induce sale or delivery of alcohol. – A person under the age of 21, who uses a false ID to misrepresent his or her age for the purpose of purchasing alcoholic beverages, is guilty of a disorderly persons offense. The act of knowingly purchasing alcoholic beverages for an individual under the age of 21 will also constitute as an offense under this statute. This offense is punishable by a fine of no less than $500, and a suspension or postponement of the offender's driver's license for six months.