China Floods U.S. With Near-Perfect Fake Driver’s Licenses

Article publisher: 
CBS News
Article date: 
24 September 2014
Article category: 
National News
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Fake driver’s licenses are flooding our market and could pose a real threat.

...these bogus licenses are being produced overseas and sold online...

Bogus licenses are seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in big numbers, says Chief Customs Officer Brian Bell.

“We have hundreds of boxes of these,” he says. “They are all containing counterfeit driver’s licenses.”

They are incredible fakes. Smuggled into this country by high-tech forgery rings that have mastered the details so well, they could lead to critical security threats. Each license costs about $150.

They’re smuggled inside boxes of tea sets and jewelry from China; one intercepted batch was headed to a group of 20 students at the same college.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says he is amazed by the level of these fakes...