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Makers of Fake ID App Defend Themselves

DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The makers behind a controversial app, which allowed users to create their own “driver’s licenses,” are defending themselves after the app was pulled by Apple.

The  “License” app from, which provides online driver’s education courses, was yanked from Apple’s App Store after Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey joined the Coalition to Secure Driver’s Licenses in voicing concerns that the app could be used to easily create fake driver’s licenses.

In a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, released by the Coalition for a Secure Driver’s License, Casey wrote, “National security systems depend on the trustworthiness of driver’s licenses, yet with a counterfeit license created by the app, a terrorist could bypass identity verification by the Transportation Security Administration, or even apply for a passport.”

However, Gary Tsifrin of said that the app was specifically designed with safeguards including different fonts, low image resolution, and even the logo so that the resulting images could not be used to create counterfeit licenses.

“It would take a lot more expertise to rejigger the driver’s license app [to create a fake license],” said Tsifrin. “It would be much easier to start from scratch.”

Tsifrin said he supports Senator Casey and the coalition in wanting to keep government-issued IDs secure, but says that the coalition was mistaken in attacking the “License” app.

“It’s a shame in this case,” said Tsifrin, who said the company was not contacted by Casey or the coalition before the letter was released. “In this case no one looked at the app.”

Tsifrin says the app, designed as a game or entertainment app, was intended for children or young adults to play with. In the two years it’s been on the market, he said, they’ve heard of no instances in which it was used to create counterfeit IDs.

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Risky Business: Teens Buying Fake IDs From Overseas Via Internet

Doug Menuez/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- They can arrive in jewelry boxes, playing cards and even inside a game of Chinese checkers -- illegal IDs from China, mailed to your waiting teenager.

"They hide [fake IDs] behind things ... and inside boxes," said Sheriff Tom Dart of Cook County, Ill. "This is full service. They want to make sure their customers are happy. They are very accommodating."

One website refers to the fake IDs as "novelty items."

"The Internet so readily makes these [fake IDs] available that anybody looking for them can find them literally with a quick mouse click," Dart said.

Working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other agencies in Chicago, Dart has confiscated more than 1,700 IDs hidden in boxes arriving from China at the airport in the last six months. Most of them were on their way to 17- to 20-year-olds planning some underage bar-hopping.

Lydia Ruiz said a fake ID wasn't worth the danger. In February 2009, her son Alex was killed in Berkeley, Calif., by an underage drunk driver carrying a fake ID.

"More access to false IDs ultimately means more death on the roads," her husband, Michael Ruiz, told ABC News. "There's no two ways about that."

Dart said parents have to be aware. "They've got watermarks, holograms. They've got it all," he said of the phony IDs. "Parents have to wake up. They really have to wake up here."

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