Simple Tips to Follow in Making ID Cards

Free ID Templates

Creating an effective ID card involves more than you would think and it is not that easy. However, you can practice and plan out how you will make it, and this will make it a much more enjoyable experience for everyone.

At first, you will need to make an ID template. The template is the ID saved on your computer and ready to be printed, then laminated. The best software for designing ID templates is Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Designing ID templates is not an easy task and takes a decent amount of graphic design experience. To make a template you can either do all the artwork from the scratch by yourself or hire a professional graphic designer. Once ID template is complete with your data on it then it can be printed and laminated.

There are four things you should consider before designing your ID card. It doesn’t matter what you are making the ID cards for, you should still consider these things before you dive into the production process. You should make sure that the ID cards that you are looking to make will be good for the company. If they are good for the company, they will:

  • Enhance physical and logical security
  • Increase efficiency and productivity
  • Reduce vulnerability to counterfeiting
  • Reflect the organization’s brand identity

Today, anyone with a computer can create a legitimate looking ID card pretty easily. This is why you need security features such as holographic elements if you are going to make the ID worthwhile. Obviously this will increase the budget slightly, you just need to decide whether the added security will be good for you in the long run. You can obviously put as much or as little money into it as you want – you get what you pay for.

Choosing the right ID card printer is also really important for this investment, as it really helps to bring the design of the card to life and make it look great. You can consider using a traditional Polaroid ID printing method if you are looking for just a regular card or a card with a magnetic strip. If your card has embedded electronics, or if image quality is of the utmost importance, consider direct to card printing technology.

Regardless of your ID card design, there are numerous printing, encoding and laminating options available for you. Make sure you do the research before purchasing a printer. As mentioned, there are many different ones available, so you will find one that is perfect for you and your project!

FTC Closes Down Fake ID Mill on The Internet

An Internet business that bragged about the "high quality" of ID templates it sold to help produce false identity documents has been ordered to halt the sales by a U. S. District Court at the request of the Federal Trade Commission. "False identification templates are used to facilitate fraudulent activity, including identity theft and underage drinking," an FTC complaint filed in U.S. District Court says. "There is no legitimate use for Defendant's templates and programs." The court granted the FTC request for a temporary restraining order to prevent the illegal sale of the fake ID templates, pending trial. The agency will seek a permanent bar on the illegal activity and recovery of the defendant's illegally-earned income.

"The templates and software sold on this site are there to help people break the law," said Jodie Bernstein, Director of the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection. "They could be used to facilitate underage drinking, illegal driving, passport fraud, voting fraud, and even identity theft. This is a no-brainer: any business that empowers and encourages people to break the law should and will be shut down."

According to the FTC, identity thieves often download fake ID templates and steal someone's identity. They buy goods they have no intention of paying for, run up mountains of debt and destroy the innocent person's credit record. The FTC maintains the nation's central repository of identity theft complaints, and provides a toll-free hotline for victims.

The FTC complaint alleges that Jeremy Martinez of Tarzana, California, doing business as Info World, maintained Web sites, including one located at a site called "new id" that sold 45 days of access to fake ID templates for $29.99. The site contained high quality photoshop ID templates for the creation of fake Alabama, Alaska Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming drivers licenses. It also contained a birth certificate template, programs to generate bar codes - required in some states to authenticate drivers licenses - and a program to falsify Social Security numbers.

The FTC alleges that Martinez was deliberately marketing his site to consumers who were surfing the net to find fake ID documents. Web sites use Meta-tags - hidden words that help search engines identify and index Web site content. Martinez's Meta-tags included "fake id card" and "forging ID card" according to the FTC complaint

The agency alleges that selling the fake ID templates violates the FTC Act and that by providing false ID templates to others, Martinez has provided the "means and instrumentalities" for others to break the law. It has asked the court to permanently bar the deceptive practices and to recover the illegally earned money from the defendant.

The Commission vote to file the complaint was 5-0 with Commissioner Orson Swindle concurring in part and dissenting in part. In his statement, Commissioner Swindle said, "I support the unfairness allegation as it relates to underage drinking in Count I of the complaint and the means and instrumentalities deception allegation in Count II. I have strong reservations about Count I's allegation of unfairness in relation to identity theft, however. I believe that the strongest legal basis for reaching this type of activity is the allegation in Count II that the defendant, by providing templates to create false identification documents, provided the means and instrumentalities for the commission of the deceptive act of identity theft. It is therefore not necessary or appropriate to plead in Count I a weaker, more attenuated unfairness theory relating to identity theft."

The complaint was filed in U. S. District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles on December 5, under seal. The seal was lifted December 8.

This case was filed with the invaluable assistance of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Fraudulent Identification Program. The program identifies fraudulent Internet identification issues and has closed 33 Internet sites and recorded 310 arrests for possession of false identification.

The Commission files a complaint when it has "reason to believe" that the law has been or is being violated, and it appears to the Commission that a proceeding is in the public interest. The complaint is not a finding or ruling that the defendant has actually violated the law. The case will be decided by the court.

The FTC has published a free 21-page booklet, Identity Theft: When Bad Things Happen to Your Good Name. This comprehensive guide includes information on what consumers can do to reduce their risk of ID theft; how consumers can protect their personal information; the steps consumers can take if they do become victims of ID theft; and a directory of government resources available to ID theft victims.

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