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Educate your kids on the risks of using fake IDs

It’s September and you’re sending your children off to college. This is likely the first time in their young lives that they get to experience independence away from home. You trust that they’ll do their best to make good decisions throughout the school year.

While it’s important to let your children go into the world and make mistakes they can learn from, it’s important to educate them on the risks of using fake IDs. Unlike the movies, a student caught using a fake ID creates an unfunny situation.

Whether your underage son or daughter attends the University of North Dakota, University of Minnesota-Morris or Bemidji State University, it’s important they know the risk. Neither North Dakota or Minnesota take the creation and use of fake IDs lightly.

Minnesota penalties

Police in Minnesota will charge your child with a gross misdemeanor for using a fake ID. While state law says this is neither a felony nor misdemeanor, most college students would struggle to pay the $300 fine on their own. That’s not to mention a blemish on their permanent record.

North Dakota penalties

Penalties are somewhat stiffer across the western border. North Dakota classifies use of a fake ID as a Class B misdemeanor and carries a $500 penalty and 40 hours of community service. Penalties double for a second offense and a third offense becomes a felony.

In a hurry to grow up

Many kids go off to college eager to make their way into the world. However, it’s important that they do so responsibly and stay away from using fake IDs to get into bars or purchase alcohol. Clerks, bartenders, and bouncers are all trained to spot fake IDs and could report your child to the police for using one. They will be 21 years old before they know and it’s best that they wait their turn.

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