Examining identity documents

How to detect basic forgeries in identity documents.


Guidance on examining identity documents

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Identity documents are used as proof of identity, nationality, status and employment in the UK.

There are thousands of fraudulent identity documents in circulation. This guide explains:

  • the security features in identity documents
  • how identity documents are forged
  • how to detect basic forgeries
Published 18 November 2014
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