ABSTRACT

The use of false identification is not a new problem. The annals of criminal law throughout the world and over many years are filled with instances of the use of fraudulent identification documents to assist in carrying out criminal conduct. In November 1974, Attorney General William Saxbe established a Federal Advisory Committee on False Identification (FACFI) to study the scope of the criminal use of false identification and to recommend actions to suppress such use. FACFI consisted of individuals from federal, state, and local governments, as well as representatives from business and various interest groups. This Committee concluded that “false identification documents could be obtained readily and inexpensively throughout the United States from a variety of commercial sources, and that genuine government identification documents could be easily obtained from the issuing offices by means of simple misrepresentations.” 1