Customs and Border Protection officers have seized nearly 20,000 counterfeit U.S. driver's licenses at Chicago's O'Hare airport within the first six months of 2020, according to reports.
The CBP allegedly confiscated 19,888 counterfeit driver's licenses and other fake documents in 1,513 shipments, mostly from China and Hong Kong. Others were reportedly from South Korea and Britain.
Ralph Piccirilli, CPD's acting area port director in Chicago, called the fake IDs "very realistic."
"These counterfeit driver's licenses can lead to disastrous consequences," Piccirilli said. "Criminal organizations use these counterfeit IDs to avoid attracting attention to their illegal activities."
Customs and Border Protection officers located at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport also seized fake driver's licenses arriving through international cargo.
CPD said most of the intercepted driver's licenses were for college-age students — many of which had the same photo but different names.
Dallas-Fort Worth CBP Port Director Timothy Lemaux said the "most disconcerting" issue with the counterfeits is the "ease in which so many young people freely share their personal information."
"We'll continue to collaborate with local law enforcement to educate the public, and anyone who is contemplating purchasing a counterfeit ID online, on the potential dangers of sharing your personal, identifiable information with a criminal element," Lemaux said.