Fake driver’s licenses from China causing concern in N.J. and Pa.

Fake driver’s licenses being offered for sale by a China-based website are causing concern for bars, restaurants, and liquors stores.

The novelty business, called ID Chief, is marketing the phony New Jersey and Pennsylvania licenses that the company claims have full holograms and can be scanned.

The counterfeit licenses could pose a risk for bar owners.

Diane Weiss is the executive director of the New Jersey Licensed Beverage Association.  She says people under the legal drinking age may try to use them to get alcohol.

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“You scan [the license] in, it meets the hologram, the person looks exactly like the picture, and they can answer any questions off the license,” Weiss said.  “It’s very scary for these licensees. The penalties are tremendous if you serve underage and our licensees are very concerned about this.”

A spokesman for the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission says the state is aware of the website that’s selling the IDs, and law enforcement is looking into what can be done about it.

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