**THIS ADVICE IS FOR UK / EU NOVELTY FAKE ID ONLY** - WE EXPRESS NO OPINION ABOUT ID AVAILABLE FROM THE USA.
Most of the ID sites in the UK operate legally and produce 'novelty' fake ID cards. While these may resemble many types of ID available from institutions they are all unique designs, not copies. The company issues the ID on the understanding that you will not use it to infer an official status upon yourself. Because the cards do not infer any official status you can have any details you want printed onto them, however you could be breaking the law yourself if you attempt to use these cards in an improper manner (such as using them to misrepresent your own personal details).
The novelty fake ID industry started in Britain in 1989. At this time, novelty fake ID companies advertised for business solely in the classified sections of magazines and sold ID card kits for completion at home. At the end of the 1990's the novelty ID industry was shifted onto the internet.
phatism ID was launched in 1999. The cost efficient, internet only order method of phatism and the vastly better level of service (same day delivery rather than 28days or never) resulted in phatism growing very quickly at the expense of established companies. Since then, many novelty ID card companies have been launched and many collapsed. phatism is still here!
Laminate kit.The oldest and cheapest technology. Cards like these have been on sale for more than 10 years. You will get a printed card and a self seal laminate pouch. You stick your own photo onto the card and write on your own details, then seal the card yourself. Any holograms on these cards will be small stickers that you stick onto part of the card.
Pre printed PVC. The latest and best thing in novelty fake ID. Uses plastic cards (like a credit card) and prints all your details (photo/signature are scanned) onto the card surface. Very professional looking and is the type of card issued by college's / universities / identification schemes. Holograms on these cards are either laser etched or contained within a layer fused to the card front.
The best PVC cards will be printed by HDP / Film printers. These print onto a layer of plastic which is then sandwiched between another layer of plastic (or a holographic layer) and the blank PVC card. With this technique you get cards printed right to the edge of the plastic and colour quality and image definition better than any photo inkjet printing on photo paper. Most ID sites, however, use old style dye sublimation printers. These also produce great cards (most uni / college cards are dye sub because it is cheaper) but cannot print consistently to the edge of cards and produce less sharp pictures with more muted colours.
Email the company before buying!!
Don't trust people on message boards.
Be sure that the company has cheques payable to the company name.
It is preferable that the company is a real UK Limited Company.
Anyone offering illegal fake ID is a scam.
See a real scan / photo of the card before buying
A lot of ID sites simply lie.
So, to sum it all up,
Email the company first.
These links will be helpful in checking up on UK novelty fake ID companies
Search for UK company info - http://www.companieshouse.gov.uk/info/