A new iPhone app has been unveiled that can spot fake IDs.
The app, call barZapp and made by Intellicheck Mobilisa, can scan drivers licenses from all 50 states and the Canadian provinces.
Available since the start of July, the app is available in the iTunes store for $1.99 for limited use or for $19.95 per month for unlimited scans.
The app is easy to use and can bring up a license owner's age, date of birth, height, weight, eye color, hair color and the card's expiration date.
"Anyone who has an iPhone can just point it at the barcode," Intellicheck Mobilisa CEO Nelson Ludlow told U.S. News.
Intellicheck Mobilisa provides software for many conventional ID scanners used by stores.
Ludlow says barZapp is much less expensive than traditional barcode scanners and can spot IDs whose non-encrypted information has been tampered with, expired hand-me-downs from older family members and expensive fakes with altered bar codes.
"We don't catch all fake IDs, but we do catch a lot," Ludlow said. "China is making a lot of high-end fake IDs that people pay 200 or 300 dollars for, and we catch a significant amount of them. If someone fiddles with a date or something in the barcode... you better do it exactly the right way."
Front-liners in the security industry like bouncers and guards need to be vigilant when it comes to spotting fake IDs and underage party-goers. As a security guard, if you suspect a patron of over-intoxication, drug tests can help provide a basis of proof for removing the person from the premises.