Fake ids and the use of Teslin, PVC and Polycarbonate

For years the use of id forgeries has had a high demand across the states in America. On average three out of ten college students or teens below the age of 21 will use a fake identification card to drink liquor get an entry into a bar or nightclub. Examining this industry for over ten years, we came across different materials used to print and publish fake driver licenses or state identification cards. The critics have often debated the use of different materials and setting the standards for a well-published id card.
Identification cards printing is not an easy task, and hence requires years of experience with advanced equipment, computer printing, and paper recognition.

The Pros and Cons of using Different Printing Materials

The substance which gets applied to print your identification card plays a vital factor in the quality and durability of it. If an ID vendor spends months and years to compile a template but uses a sleazy substance to publish their licenses will not succeed in making an exact replication. With the real id act in place, states are now issuing newly introduced templates for their licenses. These new designs use sensitive inks and other techniques which are new to the market and hence requires extra-sensitive materials to print on. ID makers used Teslin and PVC for quite some time, but there is new material in the market, and it is Polycarbonate; like the other two it has its pros and cons.


It is called Teslin substrate, a highly secure and synthetic paper and label stock. With a unique microporous structure, this material overpasses other standard plastic paper made of vinyl or polyester. It is waterproof and very durable and is useful for Lithographic and digital printing. A fake id vendor states;

“We found replicating UV features on Teslin easier than any other material; the compatibility of it with other enhanced inks such as that used in a Massachusetts fake driver’s license is very impressive and makes it easy for us to clone ink-related security features and holograms.”


Teslin substrate allows secure locking of images and information into its surface and allows it to exist in harsh environmental conditions. It possesses features that other substrates fail to replicate. It is inherently tampering evident and bonds quickly with laminates and adhesives flowing smoothly into its structure. We believe that Teslin, as recommended by most id makers, is an ideal choice for laminated cards.


With an estimated life-cycle of maximum eight years, PVC is often referred to as the cheapest quality substance to print id cards. PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) is inferior to other printing materials used in license printing, laminated products with magstripe encoded data require durable substance. Teslin is a clear winner in this case. Although, PVC has a more favorable structure when it comes to lockin UltraViolet features into card stock.

“PVC is the best material for cards that have embossed features such as in the new California state identification cards. The only setback is that this material can not be used for modern technique printing of highly secured licenses and hence not preferred over Teslin substrate or Polycarbonate.”


A high percentage of fake id websites declare this substance as the leading material to print their id cards. In the United States, most driving licenses templates are changing, but with that, they are also using Polycarbonate as the secured substrate for tampered-proof and durable licenses.

“Licenses which require Tactile printing on different parts cannot be appropriately replicated unless on any other material than Polycarbonate.”

It is the preferred substrate for features such as laser engraving especially in cards which has images that change color or pattern under different viewable angles, the cards which print on this substance will make a unique sound and hence allows it to possess a variety of possibilities to differentiate from low-quality printing substances.

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