Ten ways to tell a quality ID

  1. Agencies often identify themselves on the ID.
  2. Scanning might show a magnetic strip, not just a black rectangle.
  3. A real ID may have a bar code, not a bunch of random parallel lines.
  4. Agencies often have well executed logos.
  5. A good ID will have a hard-to-reproduce background.
  6. A really good ID will have an imbedded integrated circuit, perhaps with biometric data.
  7. Even better is a remotely readable RF tag.
  8. The subject usually has both first and last names.
  9. A nude subject is unusual.
  10. Agencies rarely issue ID's to animals.
Example failing all these tests: