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Ask the Chief: Falsifying ID never a good idea

Red Wing Police Chief Roger Pohlman

"Ask The Chief" allows readers access to useful information about law enforcement issues in Red Wing. This communication tool has been developed to enhance community policing efforts by providing residents and visitors with the opportunity to ask questions about local laws, programs and the department in general.

Submit your question to askthe.policechief@ci.red-wing.mn.us.

Q: I visited my daughter at college last week and had a conversation about fake ID's. She said several of her dorm mates suggested she purchase a fake ID so she can go to the bars with them. The advice I gave my daughter was not to do this because she could get into trouble. Could you back me up with information?

A: Good advice, Mom, you are right! Purchasing a fake ID OR attempting to alter you driver's license or identification card is NOT a good idea and here is why:

Minnesota Statute 171.22, Unlawful Acts Relating to Driver's License:

1. To display, cause or permit to be displayed, or have in possession, any fictitious or fraudulently altered driver's license or Minnesota identification card;

2. To lend the person's driver's license or Minnesota identification card to any other person or knowingly permits the use thereof by another;

3. To display or represent as one's own any driver's license or Minnesota identification card not issued to that person;

4. To use a fictitious name or date of birth to any police officer or in any application for a driver's license or Minnesota identification card, or to knowingly make a false statement, or to knowingly conceal a material fact, or otherwise commit a fraud in any such application;

5. To alter any driver's license or Minnesota identification card.

Violation is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Minnesota Statute 609.506, Prohibiting Giving Peace Officer False Name:

1. It is a misdemeanor to provide a Peace Officer a false name and date of birth.

2. It is a gross misdemeanor to provide a Peace Officer the name and date of birth of another person as your own.

Your child's University may also have a "Student Code of Conduct" policy which may also have administrative penalties.

I know your daughter would like to go out with her older friends, but underage drinking may have legal, health (alcoholism) and employment (employee background checks) consequences.

Mom, I commend you for building a relationship with your daughter that allowed her to be comfortable talking with you about this matter, you're doing a great job keep it up.

Stay aware and stay safe.

References

1. Minnesota Statute 171.22, Unlawful Acts Relating to Driver's License. Online at: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/171.22

2. Minnesota Statute 609.506, Prohibiting Giving Peace Officer False Name. Online at: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/609.506

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