Sunday, 11 August 2019

Fake ID Badges and Driver License Props


It's been a while since i made a post here, but today i felt inspired to essentially set some time aside and share another nugget of information i have learnt over the years.

Industry Example:

Universal Studios is essentially Universal City Studios, IE, Universal is a city in the state of California. As a city it has its own rules of sorts, its own police force.. it's a city, but as a studio city it has a lot of flexible legal privileges...

Within its city limits there are things that can be legally created and then be legally used with the filed filming permits things that your not allowed to even make or use anywhere else if you live in the usa, besides like warner & fox kinda thing... Filming cities with privileges..

With that said, when you create some types of fake badges your often breaking city, state or even federal law.. and if you live Outside the USA,  you still fall fowl of this when you upload it..

Say you live in the UK and you create a fake F.B.I Badge..  then you upload it or transferee it via a  . com then your apparently breaking a federal law. Inside the USA its more strict, so its worth remembering when your knocking up badges for some kinda no budget youtube video.. that cheep prop could come back to haunt you if its found by authorities at any time...

There are ways around this to an extent and while you still require permission in the USA for the FBI use, in other regards to the whole global scale of things (outside a city with its defined rules & extended permissions)  Most low budget productions change the wording above and below the Crest

On a prop,  Your CREST will normally say Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of  Investigation,  but the TEXT in blue will often say   Department of Investigation   and   Federal Bureau of  Justice.. 

But anyway, its just something i was researching years ago about the limits on fake badges and fake licenses made for use as film props... its kinda something us creative types need to be aware of & the pirates on ebay need to be aware of along with those who are buying fake id's off ebay with no idea the risks they pose to owning one..

It's not really a novelty item in the eyes of the law if it could remotely be misconstrued

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