VERO BEACH, Florida – An 18-year-old man was arrested Friday night after presenting a fake Florida driver’s license at Vero Bowl Lanes.
William Scott entered the bowling establishment to purchase game equipment with the fake Florida driver’s license. Scott then went over to the bar area and presented the same identification to the bartender.
The bartender said Scott asked her about drink prices before ordering a single Bug Light draft. The bartender recognized the fake driver’s license because the blue background surrounding his photograph was different than a valid driver’s license. The lamination on the back of the card was also different.
The bartender called the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office to report the fraudulent identification.
Scott was arrested for possession of a fictitious driver’s license.
Local bar and restaurant owners are facing new challenges over fake identification cards that appear to be authentic Florida drivers licenses.
Scott told deputies that he purchased the fake driver’s license for $100 and received it in the mail. He said a friend took his picture for him and uploaded it to a website used for processing the fake identification.
The fraudulent identification depicts a different photograph than the original, and the website uses a random street address and year of birth.
Local establishments that serve alcohol face huge fines and possibly the loss of their license to sell alcohol if caught serving to minors.
There’s been a surge in fake identification cards, and they usually go unnoticed by most bartenders. If the patron looks too young, it’s always best to double check their identification.
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