Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Homeland Security nabs Seattle students buying fake IDs

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Obtaining fake IDs, such as driver licenses, is becoming harder for college students. Not only must they deal with local law enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security can also get involved.

That’s what happened recently when dozens of Seattle University students were caught importing fake driver licenses from China.


Homeland Security officers got wind of a suspicious package heading for a residence hall on the Seattle University campus. The package turned out to be fraudulent licenses that were to go to 65 students.

While those students could have ended up with a felony record for importing fake IDs from overseas, DHS officials decided to let the school fine and sanction the students instead of making a federal case out of it.

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