Legal Question in Constitutional Law in California

Making color photo copies of your passport or drivers license

Is it illegal/federal offense to make color copies of your passport or drivers license?

Asked on 6/19/07, 1:24 am

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Michael Stone Law Offices of Michael B. Stone Toll Free 1-855-USE-MIKE

Re: Making color photo copies of your passport or drivers license

Any crime requires criminal intent.

The State Department website recommends that you make and keep on hand a couple of color copies of your passport in case yours is lost or stolen. A notarized copy of your passport, called an "apostille," is useful in various legal contexts. That said, there are probably state and federal laws that prohibit making photocopies of identification documents for illegal purposes. So that there is no possibility of confusing your copy with the genuine article, reduce or enlarge the copy.

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Answered on 6/19/07, 1:48 am
Robert F. Cohen Law Office of Robert F. Cohen

Re: Making color photo copies of your passport or drivers license

It probably wouldn't hurt if you would stamp the word "copy" across it, either.

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Answered on 6/19/07, 4:02 am


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