When people think of fake IDs, they may envision teenagers trying to buy alcohol or enter nightclubs.
But glamorizing this as a "rite of passage" needs to stop, said David Huff, senior special agent for the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
In a post-Sept. 11 world, the same online sites and technology that make fake IDs for youth are also producing them for criminals and potential terrorists, he said.
Security experts say false IDs are increasing in sophistication with security features and some web-based manufacturers promising machine-scannable counterfeit cards. The concern for law enforcement isn't just underage drinking, but other crimes connected to false IDs or documents including fraud, credit card theft and the manufacture of methamphetamines.