Want a Fake Driver’s License? There Was an App For That!

BY Jason

Published 12 Dec 2011

With more than 500,000 apps, there’s an app for just about anything in the App Store. But we didn’t know there was an app for creating fake driver’s license. If you were hoping to get it, you can’t as MacRumors reports that Apple has removed the app aptly called Drivers License from the App Store after getting a complaint from U.S. Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.

The Coalition for a Secure Driver’s License issued the following statement today:

The “License” application by DriversEd.com for Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad allows users to electronically insert any digital photo and the biographic information of their choosing into a template for a driver’s license of a state of their choosing. The “License” application contains templates for driver’s licenses for all 50 states, many of which are of designs that will be valid for the next several years. The user is then able to send the high quality digital image of the completed template to an email account. From the email attachment, the image can then be printed and laminated, creating a high quality counterfeit driver’s license difficult to discern from one that’s genuine.

Here’s what Senator Bob Casey had to say in his letter to Apple:

“I believe this application poses a threat to public safety and national security…it can be used in a way that allows criminals to create a new identity, steal someone else’s identity, or permit underage youth to purchase alcohol or tobacco illegally. National security systems depend on the trustworthiness of driver’s licenses, yet with a counterfeit license created by the app, a terrorist could bypass identity verification by the Transportation Security Administration, or even apply for a passport.”

It looks like the app has been available in the App Store for two years now and Apple seems to have removed it only after Senator Casey raised the issue as they had not responded to a similar request by the Coalition for a Secure Driver’s License.

Here’s the description of the app from the App Store:

Create your coolest license EVER. With Drivers License, you can make realistic, crazy, or hilarious drivers licenses for any state.*

Take pictures with your iPhone or use pictures you already have and paste them into to the app for endless hours of fun. Take pics alone or with friends, take mug shots or make faces, whatever you can think of, this app will support it.

Drivers License lets you change all the info on the licenses, too! Create a fake name, job, or title. The app stores everything you do so just hit “change state” to see what your license looks like in New York or sunny California.

Best of all, once your license is complete, you can email or share it with your friends on Facebook. 

Based on the description, it seemed like a fun app, but we may be too naive to understand the seriousness of the risk such an app could pose. What do you think?

[via Mac Rumors]