BURLINGTON, Vt. — Bars and liquor stores in Vermont are using new high-tech scanners to detect fake IDs.

Vermont Public Radio reports the state Department of Liquor Control received a grant to buy 12 of the $8,000 scanners along with the accompanying software program. The state has confiscated over 800 counterfeit IDs since employing the scanners at businesses in the Burlington area.

The department’s director of compliance, Skyler Genest, says business owners and law enforcement officials need the scanners because the quality of phony IDs has improved. Genest says real IDs use holograms, microprinting and raised lettering, which can all be imitated.

Department Commissioner Gary Kessler says the agency plans to use the machines more across the state.

Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net

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