Possession of one or more false identity documents can lead to a criminal conviction under the Identity Documents Act 2010, which came into force on 21 January 2011.

Amandeep Murria of Kangs Solicitors comments upon the relevant law.

If you are being investigated for any matters relating to the possession of false identity documents or anticipate the authorities may wish to speak with you in relation to such possession it is imperative that you seek immediate expert guidance.

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The Identity Documents Act 2010 (‘the Act’), provides as follows:

Section 4

It is an offence for a person with an improper intention to have in their possession or under their control:

  • an identity document which is false and it is known or believed to be false,
  • an identity document which was improperly obtained and known or believed to have been improperly obtained, or  
  • an identity document that relates to someone else.

Section 5

It is an offence for an individual with the prohibited intention to make or to have in their possession or under their control:

  • any apparatus which that individual knows is or has been specially designed or adapted for the making of false identity documents, or  
  • any article or material which that individual knows is or has been specially designed or adapted to be used in the making of such documents.

Section 6

It is an offence for an individual, without reasonable excuse, to have in their possession or under their control:

  • an identity document that is false,
  • an identity document that was improperly obtained,
  • an identity document that relates to someone else,
  • any apparatus which that individual knows is or has been specially designed or adapted for the making of false identity documents, or
  • any article or material which that individual knows is or has been specially designed or adapted to be used in the making of such documents.

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Examples of False Documents include:

  • a passport,
  • an immigration document,
  • a driving licence,
  • a document in use instead of a passport.

Penalties For Identity Document Offences | Kangs Solicitors

Convictions for offences arising under the Act may be dealt with in both Magistrates’ Courts and Crown Courts.

  • At a Magistrates’ Court, upon summary conviction, a maximum prison sentence of six months and/or a fine.
  • At a Crown Court, upon conviction on indictment, a maximum prison sentence of ten years for Sections 4 and 5. For section 6, a maximum prison sentence of two years.

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If any of the issues raised in the article affect you or you are concerned that you may be affected, it is advisable to seek advice immediately.  

We can discuss your position with you, advise upon the appropriate manner in which to proceed and provide guidance and support in respect of any action which may be taken against you. 

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