I need a fake ID detector!
May 16, 2007 6:30 PM Subscribe
Members of my family conspired to create a false identity for a sibling years ago--mine! How can I ensure that this ID is no longer being used?
posted by anonymous to Law & Government (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
In the 1990s, I applied for my first driver's license and discovered that a sibling already had a state ID card (non-driver) in my name, but with their home address on it. They also had a warrant out for "my" arrest. It turned out that a family member had given the sibling a copy of my birth certificate. With some help from a lawyer, I was able to clear the warrant and obtain my own license.
While helping organize another relative's papers, I have found some of their canceled checks from around the same period that, while made out to my name, were not signed by me. I'm 99.4% certain that the signer is this same sibling. Great, looks like most of my family was aware of this identify fraud and helped it to happen, yay me!
I'm older and wiser now, and am concerned, while I did get my own driver's license and the warrant struck from my record, that this false identity might still be in use. I would not put it past my sibling, especially if they found themselves in an awkward situation they would rather not take responsibility for.
Without confronting anyone in the family, since they will just lie or yell, is there any way that I can look into DMV or other public records to determine if this ID is still being used? This all happened in California.
For any follow up questions or private messages, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.