Fake driving licences not worth the trouble

IT is well-documented that the Spanish Costas’ rich variety of foreign residents increases the complexity of legal issues. And fake driving licences is one of them.

Some months back, it was recorded that a US national was fined 500 euros for carrying a “bogus” international driving licence.

He had a lucky escape, considering that a middle-eastern businessman is facing a spell in prison for using an “International Driver’s Licence”, issued by an entity named as International Automobile Alliance (IAA), based, apparently, in New York.

According to the State Prosecutor’s writ of accusation, the licence was deemed “fake in its entirety, having a photograph affixed by the owner or a third person”.

And, based on those findings, the Prosecutor requested that the Court sentence the alleged offender to a minimum 19 months in prison, for forging a public document, plus an additional criminal fine of 12 euros per day for a period of 18 months.

But that applies, only if the offender is unable to show evidence that he has a valid driver’s licence from another country.

It now seems as though only US, officially-approved “AAA” and “AATA” associations, can issue such international licences.

The are tens of online “businesses” selling fake driving licences, along with passports and IDs. One advertises its business offer as having years of experience, producing original quality real/false passports and IDs.

Alongside these obviously-clandestine operators, there is a second tier of businesses. These appear to have specific Government-official approval, and say they can issue valid international driving licences, pursuant to Annex 9 of the Geneva Convention, and Annex 6 of the Vienna Convention.

International drivers’ licences are generally issued by officially-recognised agencies only, to drivers who already have a valid licence from the country.

And the agencies issuing them MUST be approved by the specific Government authority.

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