As you can see from the statute, someone who " makes, presents, or
uses any record, document, or thing with knowledge of its falsity and with intent that it be taken
as a genuine governmental record;
" can be charged with a felony. That means that even if you haven't printed the document, if you knowingly present it as your ID knowing it's false, or Use it with the intent to establish that it's your real ID, you can be prosecuted.
If you're doing this to get into a a club because you're under 21, it's a really silly thing for you to do. Maybe the bouncer would just turn you away and that would be the end of that. But maybe also, he'd call the police. The police can likely spot a fake ID whether you are carrying another or not. But yes they can as you to turn over other identification and they can arrest you. As a non-citizen, you are not in the same position as a citizen of this country. If you are using the document to commit a fraud, this could be at the very least a state jail felony, which could carry a maximum 2 year prison sentence
According to 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(43)(P), INA § 101(a)(43)(P) A conviction for using or creating false documents is an aggravated felony if the term of imprisonment is at least a year.
Additionally, even if you were only charged with a misdemeanor
a fraud offense is always a crime of moral turpitude, and you could be deportable for a misdemeanor conviction if you've been here for less than 5 years and potentially receive a sentence of a year or more.
I cannot imagine any club that's worth the risk you are considering taking if you are a student in this country hoping for a successful career.
Edited by FranL on 1/2/2011 at 5:59 AM EST